Opera launches Unite, sticks Web server in browser
Adds alpha to Opera 10, includes services for sharing files, music and photos, hosting sites
Computerworld - In a bid to boost its share of the browser market, Opera Software today unveiled an alpha build of Opera Unite, a technology platform that adds a compact Web server to its browser and lets users share files, photos and music without using third-party services.
"We are enabling every single computer to be a two-way street on the Internet," CEO Jon von Tetzchner said in a Webcast the company held early this morning to introduce the early version of Unite.
The collaborative technology has been embedded in Opera 10, the still-in-beta browser that the company will release in final form alongside that application, said Christen Krogh, the company's chief development officer. He declined to set a timetable, but said that Unite would be "part of Opera 10" and would be released "as soon as possible." The beta version of Opera 10 was launched last week.
Along with the alpha -- which Krogh pitched to developers as a platform for creating additional services -- Opera packaged half a dozen services of its own, including file sharing, a media player, photo sharing and a Facebook-style "wall" dubbed "Fridge" where users can leave notes for each other.
The "Web Server" service, meanwhile, allows users to host an already-created Web site from any Unite-equipped computer using a special URL that Opera assigns. Users will have to turn to other tools to craft such sites, however.
"This is a new platform for utilizing a Web server inside your browser," explained Krogh. "It's a normal Opera browser, but bundled with a Web server inside that browser."
The six included services add functionality to the browser. The media player service, for example, effectively turns any Opera-equipped computer into a music file-sharing service that streams tunes to any other browser. Users can set the service as public, private or a password-protected hybrid. Only tracks that lack anti-piracy protection can be shared.
Although Opera 10 is needed to run Unite and its server-like services, any browser can access the shared content.
- Best iPhone, iPad Business Apps for 2014
- 14 Tech Conventions You Should Attend in 2014
- 10 Desktop Apps to Power Your Windows PC
- How to Add New Job Skills Without Going Back to School
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- Review: Box beats Dropbox - and all the rest - for business Box trumps Dropbox, Engyte, Citrix ShareFile, EMC Syncplicity, and OwnCloud with rich mix of file sync, file sharing, user management, deep reporting and...
- 3 Steps to Content Sharing and Collaboration ft. Forrester Research Consumer sync and share tools help people access and send personal files, but smart IT leaders know that businesses require more than just...
- Empowering Your Mobile Workers A modern mobile IT strategy is no longer an option, it is an absolute necessity. Here's how some of the nation's most progressive...
- Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscape: Cloud File Sharing Box recommends this report for any growing business or company considering an investment in enterprise content collaboration and cloud file sharing.
- Meg Whitman presents Unlocking IT with Big Data During this Web Event you will hear Meg Whitman, President and CEO, HP discuss HAVEn - the #1 Big Data platform, as well...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources... All Cloud Computing White Papers | Webcasts