BitTorrent Adds Apps to New Client Preview

Posted by at 10:10 pm on September 12, 2010

BitTorrent has announced the immediate availability of a -˜release candidate’ version of the upcoming BitTorrent Mainline 7.1. The version includes a new apps feature, enabling users to discover third-party applications, games, media, music and more. Users can also extend their BitTorrent Mainline functionality with additional features without disrupting the well-established norms of the BitTorrent user experience

To start, the apps feature includes 11 free sample apps, including Virus Guard (powered by BitDefender), TorrentTweet, uMap, and more. The apps feature has previously only been found in a beta version of the company’s μTorrent product, which remains in beta until later this year.

“Apps are a significant new discovery mechanism for our users, and an exciting new way for developers to build awesome functionality for our users,” said Eric Klinker, CEO at BitTorrent, Inc. “This is our first step as part of a broader strategic effort to bridge the divide between creators and consumers. Many software and gaming companies are finding success with a -˜freemium’ philosophy, and with over 14 million BitTorrent Mainline users, apps are an ideal distribution platform for this new generation of developers and creators.”

Apps in the BitTorrent environment are built on a JavaScript-based extension framework that makes it easy for users to discover and download digital media, games and applications without ever leaving the client.

The apps platform on BitTorrent Mainline 7.1 is completely open, and allows for easy extensibility by independent developers through a simple API. Partners and independent developers may access all the functionality of the client and offer a simple and more integrated way for consumers to find and download different types of content as well as integrate with external services that add new functionality. In addition, the SDK developer tools and all the apps released from BitTorrent are free software, released with a three-clause BSD license.

Apps are built with JavaScript, the standard language used for Web-based tools and services. They can interact with other Web services and Web content to create rich media experiences for users, and use H L and CSS for rendering.

The release candidate version puts BitTorrent Mainline 7.1 on the final leg towards being the standard stable release of BitTorrent -“ expected to occur within the next one or two weeks.

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