Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • History [ ] Early development [ ] Out of general discontent with, Serge Paquet suggested to that he should make a smaller and more efficient BitTorrent client. Strigeus began to conceptualize the plans for the program's development, which, at the time, did not include making the client feature-rich. After initially working on it for about a month during the last quarter of 2004 (the first build is dated October 17, 2004), mostly during his free time before and after work, Strigeus ceased coding µTorrent for a year. He resumed work on September 15, 2005, and three days later, the first public release (version 1.1 beta) was made available as, and began generating feedback. PeerFactor SARL [ ] On March 4, 2006, PeerFactor SARL announced the signing of a six-month contract with Strigeus for the development of 'new content distribution applications on the Web.'
PeerFactor SARL is a relatively new company formed by former employees of PeerFactor, which was a subsidiary of the French anti-piracy organization. Ludde stated that his coding for PeerFactor SARL was to use his expertise at optimization of the BitTorrent to create a which PeerFactor SARL intended to use as part of a distribution platform for files in a corporate setting. At the time there was some speculation that μTorrent may have been modified to spy on users on Peerfactor's behalf, however to date (even following μTorrent's acquisition by BitTorrent, Inc.) no evidence has been produced to support these allegations. Ownership change [ ] On December 7, 2006, µTorrent was purchased by, as it was announced on their official forum. On September 18, 2007, 6.0 was released. Although previous versions of the BitTorrent client had been, it has been closed source since version 6.
In April 2017, BitTorrent founder announced that the next version of µTorrent would be based. This uTorrent version allows users to stream torrents from the default web browser, similar to a regular. Features [ ]. This article is in a list format that may be better presented using.
Release Notes for Windows. Previous Stable Releases - Windows View All. 2016-07-28: Version 3.4.8 (build 42445) 2016-05-11: Version 3.4.7 (build 42330). Www.utorrent.com: µTorrent, or uTorrent. This uTorrent version allows users to stream torrents from the default web browser, similar to a regular streaming site. Download the official µTorrent® (uTorrent) torrent client for Windows, Mac, Android or Linux-- uTorrent is the #1 bittorrent download client on desktops worldwide. Download the official µTorrent® (uTorrent) torrent client for Windows, Mac, Android or Linux-- uTorrent is the #1 bittorrent download client on desktops worldwide. UTorrent, free and safe download. UTorrent latest version: Compact BitTorrent free client with expansive capabilities. UTorrent is one of the most popular free BitTorrent clients out there for several reasons: i.
You can help by converting this article to prose, if. Is available. (March 2011) Features present in µTorrent include: • (URIs), added in version 1.8, released on August 9, 2008. Screenshot of μTorrent Server viewed in Firefox µTorrent is available for,, and. A µTorrent Server is also available for. The first test version for Mac OS X, running on, was released on 27 November 2008.
On September 2, 2010, the native version of µTorrent Server was released. Firon, an administrator of the µTorrent community forum, said that they had been working on this project for a few months prior to the release as it was the most requested feature for some time. This release is intended for users who are seeking a fast based client with a remote web-based management. They also mentioned that a full featured client with a is a work in progress. He also said: ' This is a native Linux port and is known to work on 9.10+, 5+ and 12+. Others may work, but they are not officially supported. Kernel 2.6.13 or newer required.
64-bit host systems currently have some problems, so 32-bit only for now. For trackers who whitelist, the user agent is 'uTorrent/300B(build#)(server)'. The peerid is identical to the Windows 3.0 client. They share version numbers because of a common codebase.' Currently μTorrent supports or newer and or newer.
Revenue [ ] In early versions, Strigeus had built in a web redirection via nanotorrent for search queries entered through the search bar that displayed advertisements in a frame on the web browser. Some users thought this suspicious because tracking could be implemented by recording the of those downloading/receiving the advertisements, and the search functionality could easily be used to track user queries through whichever web-interface the client is going through to execute the search. After a short trial period, the advertising was disabled, mitigating possible concerns. A later version of the software has, instead of ads, a 'search all sites' feature, which is a keyword-based search bar that delivers listings of torrent files at different trackers. A frame at the top displays advertisements (server-side) in the browser when the search function is used.
In version 1.5, no ads are present in the program itself. As of build 463, a redirect bypass feature became available in the Advanced options. As of version 1.8.2, the µTorrent installer gives the user the option to download and install the.
This is done on the first run of the program and the user may explicitly opt out of this feature by deselecting it. The developers stated the addition was needed for funds to continue development. In late 2010, this was replaced with the. Toolbars [ ] In late 2010, some controversy arose with a release of µTorrent which included in the form of the Engine, which installed a toolbar, and made homepage and default search engine changes to a user's web browser. A number of users reported that the installation was made without the user's consent. There were some complaints that the adware software was difficult to remove. In 2011, µTorrent bundled the.
Paid version [ ] On July 15, 2011, BitTorrent announced that they would offer a paid version of µTorrent called 'µTorrent Plus'. This new version would offer extra features, such as integrated file conversion, anti-virus and a built in media player. Base64. On 6 October 2011, the of µTorrent Plus was released to an invitation only community. As of December 2011, µTorrentPlus 3.1 was available for $24.95; as of December 2014, the Plus version was available as a $19.95 yearly subscription. Ads and malware [ ] In August 2012, BitTorrent announced the addition of in the free version of µTorrent which could be individually dismissed by users. Due to response from users, a few days later, the company stated that ads could be optionally turned off. A user-created tool known as 'Pimp My µTorrent' was also created to simplify the process of disabling ads in the Windows version.
Starting with µTorrent version 3.2.2, the software also contains in-content advertisements described as 'Featured Torrent'. As with ads, it is possible to disable this content. In March 2015, it was alleged that µTorrent had automatically installed a program known as Epic Scale—a program classified as ' by some security programs, which mines the in the background for BitTorrent, Inc. (allegedly giving a portion to charity ), utilizing and power. A µTorrent developer disputed the claim that it was automatically installed, and claimed that as with all other 'partner' programs bundled with the software, users could decline the installation. On March 28, Epic Scale was permanently removed from the installation and as a software bundle partner. Russian and Ukrainian users of µTorrent are being tricked into installing and other Yandex-produced software.
Pronunciation [ ] The author of µTorrent wrote in 2005, 'I usually say 'you torrent' because it looks like a u', and offered 'microtorrent', 'mytorrent' (as 'my' [myː] is the Swedish pronunciation of the Greek letter µ) and later 'mutorrent' as alternative pronunciations. In Greece, where the software is widely used, it is called 'me torrent', since the letter μ of the Greek Alphabet is pronounced [mi] in modern Greek.
[ ] The symbol μ is the lowercase letter, which stands for the '. It refers to the program's small footprint. Contributors [ ] Original development was performed by ('ludde', from ), the creator of µTorrent.
Serge Paquet ('vurlix', from ) acted as release coordinator, and had intended to work on Linux and Mac OS X ports. He maintained the µTorrent website and forum up until the end of 2005, but is no longer affiliated with µTorrent. Since its purchase in 2006, development has been performed by various employees of Bittorrent Inc. Strigeus is no longer affiliated. Reception [ ] μTorrent was once praised for its small size and minimal computer resources used, which set it apart from other clients. Stated that it 'packs an outstanding array of features' in 2006 and listed it in their 2008 'Best free 157 software tools'.
It was also in 's '101 Fantastic freebies'. The website.com said it was the most feature rich BitTorrent client available, later summarizing a 2009 study which concluded that 'µTorrent Download Speeds Beat Vuze By 16%' on average and 'on 10% of [the 30 most used] ISPs, µTorrent users were downloading 30% faster than Vuze users'. Said it was the best BitTorrent client available, citing its small size and 'minimal impact to the rest of your computer's speed.'
Said its 'memory footprint is also ridiculously small'. PC & Tech Authority magazine (Australia) gave it 6 stars (out of 6). Rated it the best BitTorrent client available (Windows) in 2008 and 2011 (Windows and Mac )..com gave it 5 stars (of 5) saying it features 'light and quick downloading'.
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