It is the end of two epochs in computing: one is 32-bit processor architecture that gives way to 64-bit devices across the board and across platforms; and the second, the fixed march to move away from programs installed locally on your computer, to do everything in your browser.
BitTorrent Inc.'s decision to terminate its uTorrent client for "Catalina," the latest version of Apple's desktop operating system Mac OS, provides even more evidence of the trend.
After almost 11 years, Mac OS users will not be able to install uTorrent ̵
But this time, it wasn't a strange and overly restrictive policy imposed by Apple that killed uTorrent for Mac OS users.
Instead, it was uTorrent itself that made the conscious choice not to develop a 64-bit version of the software, fully aware that "Catalina" would only be 64-bit.
This comes at a time when virtually all relevant Linux distributions have either moved or moved to 64-bit, ditching 32-bit programs in the process. And this means that uTorrent focuses on Windows, where the bulk of millions of users are – and moving everyone else into the browser.
Given that both Mac OS and Linux have a single-digit market share on the desktop, the focus on uTorrent – a dedicated peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol adware client – is not surprising.
On the other hand, those running non-Windows operating systems, who want to continue to run on their local machines, have other customers to choose from, including platform, free and open source broadcasting.
When it comes to those moving to the web, BitTorrent Inc. worked to bring the web client's performance up to desktop standards.
uTorrent Web offers streaming and download functionality, and an option to search directly from the web client – which redirects to Google. The app will also automatically open magnetic and torrent links in your browser.
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