BitTorrent Launches µTorrent Web, a Web-based Windows Torrent Client


BitTorrent just announced the launch of a new BitTorrent client: uTorrent Web. The product, ready to download at utorrent.com, is compatible with all major browsers and delivers both amateurs and experienced users a torrent download experience with near instant playing.

uTorrent Web has been available in beta for years, but today the web-based torrent client is finally available as a stable version. The main difference between uTorrent Web and its counterparts is that all the downloading happens in your browser.

Just like uTorrent, uTorrent Web can play audio and video files before they’ve finished downloading, but unlike uTorrent, the playback also happens inside the browser. Other file types can be downloaded as well — it’s really just like a normal BitTorrent client.

The plan is that making all this possible inside the browser will make downloading torrent files easier for average internet users. At least, that’s how BitTorrent explains it:

“When we first started the project, our vision was to build a torrent client with simplicity and quick playability. With a simple download to play experience as the focal point of µTorrent Web, we see more users successfully downloading and playing torrents than with any other product in BitTorrent’s history.”

Despite the announcement, BitTorrent promises that the desktop version of uTorrent, which will now be referred to as uTorrent Classic, will live on:

“Our long-term plan is to continue development across both products and make them available on utorrent.com.”

µTorrent Web is only available for Windows, but it will likely be ported to other operating systems if this launch is successful. In our testing, however, the experience wasn’t ideal — µTorrent Classic is still significantly simpler to install and use.

But the fact BitTorrent has managed to bring all the basic functionality into the browser is surely a success.

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