uTorrent, our favorite BitTorrent client for Windows, just updated with a few minor additions, including a $US25 premium client with built-in video encoding, virus scanning, and the ability to download torrents from anywhere.
Those of you that use the free version of uTorrent can update to version 3.1, which includes an integrated standard definition media player as well as drag-and-drop file shifting to other devices (like an Xbox, iPhone, Android phone, other media centre).
More exciting, though, is the introduction of uTorrent Plus, which includes the ability to transcode audio and video files, scan downloaded files for viruses and malware (a common problem with sketchy torrents), and watch videos in HD right from the uTorrent client. In addition, it includes an update to uTorrent's Remote feature that lets you download finished torrents to any computer remotely. That is, if you aren't at home, and one of your torrents has finished, you can head to the web interface and download the finished file straight to your laptop — which is something we've wanted for a long time.
uTorrent Plus is $US24.95 for a year, which isn't super-expensive, but perhaps a bit pricier than we'd like for what you get. BitTorrent will be adding more features to the client in the near future, but for now, stay tuned — today we're going to go over some free alternatives that bring these same features to any torrent client. For now, though, hit the link to read more about the new uTorrent.