Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:02 UTC
Opera Software The 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.
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A bold and cool move
by jbasko on Thu 26th Nov 2009 03:27 UTC
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Depending on what level of the technology stack you look at or how you abstract the idea of opera unite, it may seem like nothing new. But the angle opera took in developing this app/service is very new!

In comparison to any other software, a browser is something that everybody who uses a computer know how to use. Making an originally client-based browser become server-based, while keeping the ease-of-use or intuitiveness of a browser is a very bold and cool move. The browser is already the window to the web world; opera now has made us looking through this window see ourselves, easily...

There is value in having a browser do all the common stuff people want to do (music/photo-sharing etc.). It means they don't have to adhere or choose a particular website (e.g. facebook) with all the social net underpinnings. They simply can do it themselves without relying on any particular service. You can say p2p can already do this, which is true, but try explaining a bittorrent app to a non-techy. They usually get the part about downloading the torrent file, but then get totally confused about the bittorrent app itself. So opera being a browser and doing the things people want to do and making it easy, gets my thumbs up! ^_-

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