I think I heard about Wyzo the first time on Techcrunch and thought to myself at that time that no one would need support for downloading torrents in a browser, considering that specialized tools are available that offer much greater functionality.
But then it occurred to me that this approach would benefit many users, especially those who have never heard of torrent clients or torrents, or always thought that the configuration of these clients was too complicated.
Instead of installing and configuring a Bittorrent client, users would simply use the Wyzo browser to browse and download Bittorrent files. Wyzo is basically a fully working Firefox browser with integrated Bittorrent support.
Torrent downloads are handled by Wyzo internally, and are displayed in the download manager like any other download.
Advanced options are available that you can use to customize the experience further. You can set download and upload limits, proxies and change the default listening port. There are not that many options as in Bittorrent clients such as uTorrent but it should be sufficient for most users.
The biggest advantage is that it works out of the box and that there is not really the need to configure the settings unless you want to limit the upload or download speed of the client.
Firefox users may prefer to download the FireTorrent add-on for Firefox which adds the same support to Firefox without the need to download the Wyzo browser.
I personally would stick with external clients because of the advanced options that they provide but I can see the use of Wyzo. The major drawback in my opinion is that many users would not want to download yet another browser just to be able to download torrent files directly.
And there is always the alternative to use Opera instead which comes with build in Torrent support.
Update: Wyzo is no longer available. You can use the BitTorrent Surf extension for Firefox instead to add support for downloading torrent files or magnet links using the web browser.
It detects new torrent sites automatically when you visit them, and offers to add them as a new search provider. You can then use it to search on those sites, and download all torrent files that you find from within Firefox.
I had little luck downloading torrent files directly when I left-clicked on them though. This may be a browser configuration issue, or not possible, I do not know.
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