updated 06:10 am EDT, Thu July 7, 2005
Opera 8.02 adds BitTorrent
Opera Software today launched a technical preview of the Opera browser with support for BitTorrent. The company says that integrating the popular file-downloading technology in the offers end users a faster download process by utilizing full bandwidth and reducing the chance of in-transfer delay when multiple users download the same file. "With BitTorrent, Opera hopes to make it easier for users to download the large amount of legal material available, such as Linux software and computer game demos. The Opera browser will also be offered for download as a torrent file." The BitTorrent protocol differs from FTP and HTTP--also supported by Operat--by offering a more efficient method for downloading a large files: individuals downloading the same file are able to assist each other in the download process.