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JUL

2005

Opera Browser Integrates BitTorrent Technology

This morning Opera Software announced the integration of BitTorrent into their Web browsers. It’s now currently available for download as a technical preview (TP) for Windows, Linux and Mac.

By taking advantage of the BitTorrent technology, users can download faster and reduce chances of in-transfer delays for multi-user downloads of the same file. Initially at least, Opera has in mind for users to be able to more quickly download Linux software, computer game demos, and the Opera browser using the torrent file format.

Note that Opera is emphasizing that’s it a preview version, and for those with Opera already installed, they recommend installing it to a different directory from your main Opera installation directory.

Personally, I see this news as an exciting and positive step forward to what I hope becomes a trend to make legitimate use of this type of technology. Here’s Opera’s press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Faster, more efficient downloads in Opera technical preview with BitTorrent

Oslo, Norway - July 7, 2005: Opera Software today launched a technical preview (TP) of the Opera browser for Windows, Linux and Mac that includes support for BitTorrent. Integrating this popular file-downloading technology in the Opera browser offers the end user a faster download process by utilizing full bandwidth and reducing the chance of in-transfer delay when multiple users download the same file.

“While BitTorrent has been on Opera’s radar screen for more than a year, the true value of the technology became evident when the company launched Opera 8 in April this year. The massive response, with more than 100 downloads per second, dealt a technical knock-out to Opera’s servers. With BitTorrent, users would have had an alternative download mechanism,” said Christen Krogh, VP of Engineering, Opera Software.

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.

Opera already supports other file protocols such as FTP and HTTP, and BitTorrent is the logical next step in the company’s strategy to make protocols available that increase productivity and the overall Internet experience for the end-users. The BitTorrent protocol differs from FTP and HTTP in that it makes downloading a large file more efficient, as individuals downloading the same file will assist each other in the download process.

Opera emphasizes that the TP should be used for preview purposes only, and is available for download at the Opera Beta Community Forum, http://my.opera.com/forums/
showthread.php?threadid=96020
.

More information on BitTorrent can be found at http://www.opera.com/bittorrent/.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera’s browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

Contacts:

Europe (CET)
Berit Hanson
+47 24 16 42 14
berith at opera.com

North America (EST)
Michelle Valdivia
+1 786-312-1717
michelle at opera.com

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