Currently being used by invited testers only, AllPeers is a plug in for Firefox that will allow file sharing. It is different than most file sharing software you are familiar with because you share files only with those people who are on your buddy list. They are talking about being able to use your current AIM or Skype buddy lists in the future. It uses the BitTorrent protocol, so theoretically, the more people that have a copy of the file, the quicker it will be to download.
The venture capitalists behind Skype, which was sold to eBay (Research) for $2.6 billion last year, are now backing AllPeers. Together, London-based Index Ventures and Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners recently invested an undisclosed sum in AllPeers, believed to be in the range of $1 million to $3 million.
The Skype buyout is obviously the driving factor beind their decision to develop and distribute this. Without charging, they are obviously not going to make money that way, they are looking for a buyout to make them money. Not a terrible plan, but of course Skype had some means for making money by charging for their SkypeIn and SkypeOut services.
In any case, I don’t know that this will push more people to adopt Firefox. There are enough reasons to do it already, and if that hasn’t been enough, I don’t know that this addition by itself will be the reason.
Posted by Jeff