Interesting news for fans of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent. uTorrent has released the first beta of the upcoming uTorrent 2.0 series of builds . The release was officially announced in uTorrent forums (“1.9 is now 2.0, and we've hit beta!”) and µTorrent 2.0 beta 16081 is now available to the public. One of the major new features implemented in this update is the support for UDP trackers. UDP is generally more efficient than HTTP based trackers and consumes less resources on the server that tracks torrent files [Read more on UDP]. UDP based trackers are not supported in any of the stable 1.X versions of uTorrent and are only supported in v2 beta.
Release notes for the new build are quoted below:
- We've added UDP tracker support!
- uTP has been improved significantly over the previous alpha, with many bugs fixed and performance improvements. It's no longer hidden in Advanced settings.
- The setup dialog has been overhauled to make it much easier to use and with a built-in speed test. It's still not quite complete yet, but this will give you a good taste of what we're up to with it!
- Transfer caps are now configurable, with usage tracking and graphs.
Apart from the above a number of minor features and bugfixes are included in this build – complete version can be found on this forum thread.
uTorrent is free and is not bundled with any adware or spyware. However please keep in mind that v2.0 build 16081 is still a beta version – you may run into undiscovered bugs or stability issues while using it. User feedback for this build can be found on official thread for v2.0 beta on uTorrent forums.
[Click Here] to download uTorrent 2.0 beta build 16081 (Direct Download)
NOTE: If you are using private torrent trackers, make sure your tracker has uTorrent 2.0 beta in its allowed clients list. Using a non-allowed client version can result in your account getting banned.
One a side note, uTorrent does not seem to get bloated with every new release unlike most apps out there (Nero anyone?). –v2.0 (beta) is still very lightweight and the installer is only around 400kb in file size.
Looking for the latest stable build?
[Click Here] to download uTorrent 1.8.3 Stable (Direct Download)