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Opera Software, maker of the fifth-ranked Opera browser, has announced that it will be adopting the WebKit rendering engine currently used by Chrome and Safari. The company will be showcasing its WebKit-based browser for Android at the Mobile World Congress in a few weeks, and has confirmed that it will be moving its desktop-based Opera browser to WebKit. Opera will use Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) V8 JavaScript engine.

"The WebKit engine is already very good, and we aim to take part in making it even better. It supports the standards we care about, and it has the performance we need," says Hakon Wium Lie, Opera's chief technology officer. "It makes more sense to have our experts working with the open source communities to further improve WebKit and Chromium, rather than developing our own rendering engine further."

Other than Chrome, Safari, WebKit is also used in the browsers of BlackBerry and Samsung's Bada smartphones today. The convergence is expected to benefit web developers, who will only need to deal with three primary engines now: WebKit, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Trident, and Mozilla's Gecko.

According to Opera, switching to WebKit helps free up resources that let it contribute to the WebKit platform. Opera has already submitted its first set of patches to handle multi-column layouts more easily.

As reported by CNET, Opera third quarter revenue in 2012 grew 40 percent to $56 million with a profit of $6.5 million. 300 million people use its browsers each month, and its sources of income include payments from search engine traffic to partners such as Google, its own advertising technology and partnerships with mobile operators.

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