posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:02 UTC
IconThe Opera team has released version 10.10 of their feature-rich browser. This is the first Opera release to come with Opera Unite, which combines the web browser with a web server, so that users can share data directly between one another, without the need for a third party.

Opera hopes to change the way we use the web with Opera Unite. "We promised Opera Unite would reinvent the Web," said Jon von Tetzchner, Opera's CEO, "What we are really doing is reinventing how we as consumers interact with the Web. By giving our devices the ability to serve content, we become equal citizens on the Web. In an age where we have ceded control of our personal data to third-parties, Opera Unite gives us the freedom to choose how we will share the data that belongs to us."

Opera's website gives a decent short introduction to Opera Unite, and what, exactly, you can currently do with it.

Opera Unite is a new technology platform allowing you to share content directly with friends without having to upload anything to a Web site. You can stream music, show photo galleries, share files and folders or even host your own Web pages directly from your browser.

This is just the beginning, though, as developers can build applications that make use of Opera Unite to do all sorts of things. Data shared via Opera Unite can be accessed via other browsers too, but some applications may be designed specifically around Opera-Opera interaction.

Opera Unite is based on web standards, so web developers should be able to pick it up rather quickly. "Opera Unite is based on common Web technologies like HTML and JavaScript," Opera's FAQ on Unite reads, "When building Opera Unite, we sought to use documented open Web standards wherever possible. This ensures that Opera Unite applications can easily be created using the techniques Web developers use every day. In addition, during the development of the technology we have made various key parts available for standardization."

You can download Opera 10.10 for your platform of choice straight away.

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