As you all know, multiple versions of five mainstream browsers just isn’t enough. RockMelt a startup founded by Eric Vishria and Tim Howes. They intend to launch a new and improved web browser into an increasingly-crowded market.
What makes RockMelt different is that it’s been backed by Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape Communications Corporation. He has stated that RockMelt will offer a different browsing experience. He suggests that most other browsers have not kept pace with web evolution, and remain based in the realms of static web pages rather than complex networked web applications:
Although he doesn’t elaborate on what those different things are, there has speculation that the new browser could offer tighter integration with social networks such as Facebook.
Currently, RockMelt is pure vaporware — although it does have a lovely logo. Only time will tell if it can offer anything over and above the existing browsers. For now, there are two conclusions we can make:
1. Browser competition is a good thing. (IE6 is boring)
2. Even more secure web!
Can RockMelt offer anything new? Will it be more than a nice logo? Are multiple browsers a help or a hindrance? Well, wait n see….