Opera today released version 10.10 of its namesake Opera web browser. The key new feature in it is something called Opera Unite, which is essentially a built-in web server.
Opera Unite has been in beta since June and I personally was not keen on the idea when it was announced. What Opera Unite enables users to do is to share content be it photos, music or otherwise directly from your PC via the browser.
Opera Unite turns the web browser, which by definition is supposed to ‘browse’ for content into a platform that can share and deliver content as well. It’s an idea that has profound implications for how the browser is viewed, used and secured.
“What we are really doing is reinventing how we
as consumers interact with the Web,” said Jon von
Tetzchner, CEO, Opera said in a statement. “By giving our devices the ability
to serve content, we become equal citizens on the Web. In an age where
we have ceded control of our personal data to third-parties, Opera
Unite gives us the freedom to choose how we will share the data that
belongs to us.”
So where’s the problem?