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Apps show up in BitTorrent Mainline 7.1 RC

BitTorrent gets in on the apps craze by offering users the ability to work with applications in the first release candidate of its Mainline 7.1 service.

BitTorrent has launched the release candidate for Mainline 7.1. And with it, the company has launched several applications and has enabled developers to create their own programs for the platform.

According to BitTorrent, Mainline 7.1 will include 11 apps at launch, including Virus Guard, a service that helps keep users safe from malicious files, as well as Torrent Tweet, an offering that allows users to follow and discuss individual torrents on the social network. Previously, the apps were available only in BitTorrent's uTorrent service.

BitTorrent's hope is to have a full-fledged application ecosystem grow around Mainline. The company said the programs are built with JavaScript and are entirely open source.

BitTorrent is providing an application-programming interface to third-party developers to create applications for its service. Its API makes it possible for the apps to "interact with other Web services and Web content," the company said in a statement. It plans to use these apps to extend the functionality of Mainline beyond its current capabilities.

"This is only our first step as part of a broader strategic effort to bridge the divide between creators and consumers," BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker said in a statement.

BitTorrent's Mainline 7.1 release candidate is available now. The company plans to make the final build available to users in the next few weeks.