Opera Software has teamed with BitTorrent Inc. to include the BitTorrent protocol in the upcoming version of the Opera Web browser.
Opera and BitTorrent have signed an agreement covering Opera's use of the BitTorrent trademark and access to the BitTorrent search engine from the browser’s user interface. A technical preview (TP) of the Opera 9 browser will be made available soon.
BitTorrent's technology will be made available to users of the Opera browser in two ways: first, users can search for torrent files in the Opera browser's integrated search field, and second, when a file has been selected, Opera's Transfer Manager feature will handle the download. As a result of integrating BitTorrent into the Opera browser, users no longer need separate software for the searching and downloading of torrent content.
In 2005 Opera Software launched the first technical preview of the Opera browser (Opera 8.02) which included the BitTorrent protocol. As a result of positive user feedback and further testing, Opera has now decided to maintain BitTorrent in the upcoming Opera 9 Web browser.
BitTorrent is an open source, peer-to-peer protocol for distributing files. It makes use of the upstream bandwidth of every downloader to increase the speed and effectiveness of the distribution as a whole. On average, the faster a user uploads to peers, the faster is the download available.
Because BitTorrent greatly reduces the load on a single server, the technology also benefits organizations with intense download traffic. BitTorrent’s agreement with Opera is the first under a soon-to-be announced conformance program for the use of the BitTorrent trademark.