Wednesday, December 6, 2006

BitTorrent Acquires uTorrent

BitTorrent has acquired µTorrent, a lightweight and efficient implementation of the BitTorrent protocol. µTorrent was developed by Ludvig Strigeus. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The µTorrent client supports features such as bandwidth prioritization, scheduling and RSS auto-downloading.

BitTorrent said the objective of the acquisition is to combine its expertise in networking protocols with µTorrent's high-performance design and compelling user interface (UI). Ultimately, the integration will result in an improved client and an enhanced user experience. It will also accelerate BitTorrent's plans to provide high-performance content delivery services that power websites seeking the most efficient platform for distributing large, high-quality files. Lastly, the incorporation of µTorrent's lightweight codebase strengthens the adoption of BitTorrent technology in embedded systems, including televisions, mobile phones and other non-PC platforms.