uTorrent is one of the most famous torrent site with around 150 million users. Most of its best features came with an update five years ago. Since then it’s growth has stopped and is almost non existent.
However, founder Brahm Cohen, according to Torrent freak, has promised that this will change. He said that the company was going through some tough times after it hired outsiders to run the company. By this he means the cousins Bob Delamar and Jeremy Johnson, who became co-CEOs of BitTorrent and aimed to turn the client into “the next Netflix.” but all they could do is burn millions by implementing hair brained scheme and driving the company to bankruptcy.
The cousins also bailed on a browser project, Maelstrom, which had the potential to kick start the torrents-in-a-browser project years earlier. According to Cohen:
“What came of Maelstrom is that Jeremy just decided not to ship Maelstrom because he thought he had some genius idea that would be so much better. And he is so utterly incompetent at doing product he couldn’t even put together an actual product out of it and just killed the whole project.”
Cohen was very adamant when he spoke of the future of torrent as browser based application. The difference being that it won’t be it’s own browser but the browser you are currently using.
uTorrent’s shift to the browser will make it more accessible especially for those who are less tech savvy and had refrain from using it. It will also allow the company to continue its in-client advertising focus. This can also be a step in the right direction for the streaming service that has been functional but stagnant for some time now. Building on proven frameworks and ever-updated browsers allows uTorrent to roll out features much faster, and at less expense than its own client.