Opera announced that they have teamed with BitTorrent to include the BitTorrent protocol in the upcoming version of the Opera Web browser. Integrating this popular technology in the Opera browser means faster and more efficient downloads of large files and possibly lead to a major increase in Opera useage among consumers. A technical preview 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.