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uTorrent 3.2.2 promises Windows 8 compatibility, introduces new ad-supported model

09 November 2012, Nick Peers

File-sharing pioneer BitTorrent Inc has just released uTorrent 3.2.2, the latest build of its free, lightweight Windows-only BitTorrent client. Version 3.2.2’s most notable change is the addition of Windows 8 compatibility.

The latest build also introduces a new built-in advertising platform, Facebook and Twitter icons, tweaked Add Torrent dialog and a number of major and minor bug fixes.

The headline new feature in uTorrent 3.2.2 is undoubtedly official compatibility with Windows 8, which was released two weeks ago. After announcing its intention to include built-in advertising to help fund development of the free version, uTorrent 3.2.2 debuts the new “offers” platform, with a thin rectangular pane at the top of the main uTorrent window now devoted to listing a featured torrent, both from BitTorrent and commercial partners.

uTorrent gains full Windows 8 compatibility with its latest release.

Version 3.2.2 also sees the Add Torrent dialog revamped slightly, to display magnet link data. The layout has also been tweaked to display more files on-screen at once, and also includes a minor fix that resolves a discrepancy between single and multi-file torrent save directories. On a related note, the OK/Cancel button has been moved to the bottom right-hand corner of the Add Torrent dialog.

The new version also sees small tweaks to improve magnet link handling, plus debuts Twitter and Facebook icons. Clicking either button takes the user to uTorrent’s respective social networking page and then disappears.

The new build also offers numerous bug fixes – a definitive list can be found here – which include one that resolves issues with Peer ID causing disconnects, and another that caused the program to crash in the Add Torrent dialog.

uTorrent 3.2.2 is available as a free download for PCs running Windows XP or later.

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