Opera has launched a new technology that can turn your PC into a personal web server running inside Opera web browser. That server can be used to share everything from files to music with other computers on the web without the need of 3rd party applications. Named Opera Unite, the technology has just been released and promises to make your computer more that just a dumb terminal.
The popularity of social interaction on web cannot be overstated as more and more people set up their profile on one of the thousands of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and more. People share pictures on sites like Flickr and setup blogs on WordPress. But the problem with these sites is that one is bound by their TOS. Moreover, the content you own is kept on a server owned by some other person or company. Here comes Opera Unite.
Opera Unite strives to give more power to not technical users. some of the services offered by this new technology include file sharing, photo sharing, a media player that can let people play music from the server. Unite also introduces Fridge and The Lounge that can be used for leaving notes and chatting respectively. This technology has emphasis on collaboration more than anything else. What is more exciting is the portability. This service will run where Opera browser can run and this means Windows, Linux, Mac and maybe mobiles too! You can even run full fledged websites. What is more, the technology is crafted in away that makes it extendable. Apart from the basic services that comes with application, developers can create their own.
Despite all the excitement about personal data sharing server, there are some concerns too. The major concern being security. Today, when even giant websites are prone to hackers' attack, where does this technology stand?
Here is a video that shows how to setup Opera Unite on your computer.
You can download Opera web browser here and Unite software from labs.opera.com.