utorrent.pnguTorrent is definitely one of my favorite BitTorrent clients on Windows, and after 9-months of development version 1.8 has finally been released. This new release includes full Vista support (including the Windows Firewall), Teredo/IPv6, and numerous other enhancements.

Back in December 2006 you may recall our concern as to where uTorrent was going to head since it had been acquired by BitTorrent. A lot of dedicated followers said that they would be switching clients, but here we are a few versions later and overall it still feels like the uTorrent we know and love. The new version uses just 9MB of memory when downloading a torrent on my machine which is even lighter than the previous version, and the interface is still easy to understand. What about you? After a year and a half are you still using uTorrent, or have you switched to something else because of the acquisition?

What does the future hold for uTorrent? The developers aren’t quite ready to move on to the next release of uTorrent as they will be focusing on a Mac version of the client. The first public Alpha release of uTorrent for the Mac is expected to be released in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to let you know once that becomes available.

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