Opera Unite

At first glance you maybe thought it was a workers’ cooperative for classical singers, but it’s not Opera Unite is a Web server on the Web browser.

With Opera 10, the relatively little-known, but pioneering web browser, comes a new approach to extending what people can do online. The system apparently exploits harnesses today’s fast connections (unless you’ve been throttled by your internet provider) and hardware to let you share and connect online in ways that was not possible before. It’s probably no coincidence that Opera has released this system just as Google Wave emerges, there does seem to be some overlap, certainly with the concept of essentially running everything within a browser (which means platform independence and mobile use)

Opera Unite lets you share data, photos, music, notes and other files (just the legal ones please). It lets you run chat rooms and host entire web sites, but it also enhances your privacy. Services can be accessed from any web browser regardless of whether you’re at work, at home, or out and about. To get started, you simply enable Unite from within Opera 10*.

Opera Unite has a built in media player, a web server, a photo sharing system, file sharing, a refrigerator (for refrigerator) magnets and sticky notes), a lounge (for hanging out).

According to Opera’s Lawrence Eng: “Opera Unite applications can be just about anything. It’s up to developers, companies, entrepeneurs, end users, and anyone with a vision of what the interpersonal Web really means, to take that vision and build the next generation of applications to bring people together online in brand new ways.”

*Older readers will remember Opera 1, which used to fit on to a single 3.5″ floppy disk. Younger readers will probably not know what a floppy disk is…

Author: David Bradley

Freelance science journalist, author of Deceived Wisdom. Photographer and musician.