Opera Software is expected to unveil a second preview version of its Opera 9 browser this week, which includes a number of features to improve functionality.
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The new browser will include new support for “widgets” – small pieces of code that support the automatic downloading of applications and content from the internet onto a user’s desktop.
Opera will offer about 10 widgets of its own to increase functionality for users, and will encourage developers to introduce others.
Opera's latest browser also supports BitTorrent downloading, a downloading technology that links different computers together to deliver streamlined downloading of shared content.
Instead of multiple users trying to download content from the same machine, with BitTorrent, users can access the same file from multiple machines to speed the process.
The Opera preview enables users to use BitTorrent without having to download dedicated software first.
Opera will be bundled with the official BitTorrent.com search engine.
The final version of Opera 9 is expected to be available in June.