Ever wanted to enable access to your computer files from another PC? Yes, there are thousands of programmes which already offer such functionality, but Opera has found perhaps the most simple way yet...
Today the company launched 'Opera Unite', an alternative version of Opera 10 which allows users to effectively create a web server through their web browser. How it works is simple: you download the new version, select which folder(s) you want to share, choose a name for the PC you are using and that shared content and Opera generates a custom URL.
From here three access levels are available: public, limited and private. One note of caution, any folders selected automatically include content from their subfolders while obviously the PC sharing the content will need to remain both on and connected to the Internet.
Services initially available through Opera Unite are:
- File Sharing
- Web Server (host websites)
- Media Player (MP3 access)
- Photo Sharing
- 'The Lounge' (self contained chat rooms)
- 'Fridge' (an environment to securely exchange notes)
"Today, we are opening the full potential of the Web for everyone," said Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. "Technology moves in distinct cycles. PCs decentralized computing away from large mainframes. Opera Unite now decentralizes and democratizes the cloud. With server capability in the browser, Web developers can create Web applications with profound ease. Consumers have the flexibility to choose private and efficient ways of sharing information. We believe Opera Unite is one of our most significant innovations yet, because it changes forever the fundamental fabric of the Web."
Opera Unite is available now. A brave new world, or a niche service? Only time - and perhaps user imagination - will tell...