Opera Software has presented Opera Unite, a new cloud computing service for its browser that promises to make serving data as simple and easy as browsing the web.
Opera today unveiled Opera Unite, a new technology that shakes up the old client-server computing model of the Web. Opera Unite turns any computer into both a client and a server, allowing it to interact with and serve content to other computers directly across the Web, without the need for third-party servers.
Opera Unite makes serving data as simple and easy as browsing the Web. For consumers, Opera Unite services give greater control of private data and make it easy to share data with any device equipped with a modern Web browser.
For Web developers, Opera Unite services are based on the same open Web standards as Web sites today. This dramatically simplifies the complexity of authoring cutting-edge Web services. With Opera Unite, creating a full Web service is now as easy as coding a Web page.
Opera Unite is available in a special version of the Opera 10 desktop browser from http://labs.opera.com/. Opera Unite services run directly in the browser.
Why is this exciting? Well, it allows you to interact with contacts, sharing data and services without the need for any third-party Web sites/applications to be involved at all. Think of the possibilities:
You could play games and chat to your peers directly using the service
You could share photos and videos with peers, straight off your hard drive, without needing to use third-party Web applications
You can work collaboratively with others on files such as data and images (think wikis or drawing applications), and then work with those files offline if you wish, before sharing them again at a later date
You could even start creating some crazy hacks, like an application that controls a remote car across the Web (I’ve seen a rough prototype in action)