An organization that is known for its peer-to-peer operations, BitTorrent—a network operating system that allows users to spread electronic data and communicate with each other— is creating an advance in its latest effort to overcome how we interact on the web. Maelstrom, BitTorrent’s internet browser built on decentralized, peer-to-peer architecture happens to be in its beta state. The browser first launched limited versions in December of 2014, and they have received excellent reviews from those initial versions. More than fifteen thousand programmers and four thousand publishers have opted to utilize the platform, which happens to be built from Chromium technology.
Putting BitTorrent’s browser in its testing stage means that there will be increased access to the project. It is likely many people will be interested in having an early look at the experience that will be provided by the organization that has made its reputation as a peer-to-peer service provider. Currently, the beta is only compatible with Windows based platforms only; however, a Mac beta is expected to come soon. At this time, there is little information online which points to what form their website will take.
BitTorrent developed a fairly notorious reputation for itself, initially as a creator of services that can be used to share data of paid or premium content illegally – Download and use digital files of movies, music, games, etc. without having to pay for such things. Lately, it has developed new ways and has been making use of its innovation to think of intelligent ways to distribute information legally.
However, at the same time, BitTorrent has taken on a political twist. In response to the actions of government establishments like the National Security Agency—government establishments often broach into the machines of many common internet services to gain access to our personal information and abuse the name of national security—the P2P service provider has pioneered its P2P model, as one way of avoiding the prying eyes of our governments. There are no servers using a P2P system, which means that there is no storage to access and read the information that is usually stored in servers.
BitTorrent’s philosophy is to hit the ideal place at a perfect time, BitTorrent’s CEO, Eric Klinker, says in a blog post regarding the browser. In addition, Klinker also states that the company feels it is an important development to sustain a completely neutral, information friendly network.
BitTorrent is working hand in hand with content creators and others, in some of its other P2P-based initiatives. In order to obtain some significant reviews, it may also have to work to get prominent people signed up to Maelstrom. Also, it is already starting to think about how it will make money from it. When it involves monetization, they’re a few options to be explored. For example, because there are systems like Firefox and Opera, and they can also use the bundle that may offer them money making opportunities, they say that this is down in the pipeline and could become a potential way of earning money.
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