Netscape founder backs browser startup RockMelt

By on August 14, 2009, 4:55 PM
After a successful run in the early to mid 1990s, which came to an end a few years later with the arrival of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer 4, Netscape founder Marc Andreessen is reportedly looking to get back into the browser game. Citing unnamed sources, the New York Times claims Andreessen and some of his former colleagues are investing in a new browser venture known as RockMelt.


This might give an interesting twist to the current browser wars, but do we really need another contender? Now that Firefox has prompted a new wave of competition in the market, things are started to feel a bit crowded with Chrome, Safari, Opera, and of course a renewed Internet Explorer. But Andreessen believes its new browser would be different from the rest, saying that most other browsers had not kept pace with the evolution of the web – pretty much what every other competitor claims about their rivals.

Little is known about RockMelt, but the Times suggests the browser is intended to be coupled with Facebook and ReadWriteWeb backs that notion claiming to have caught a glimpse at an early build. Considering Andreessen’s presence on the board of Facebook that doesn't seem too far-fetched. RockMelt could be a way to browse the web with a focus on Facebook (and the growing number of Facebook Connect partner sites) or just social networking in general – something Flock has tried to do with very limited success.




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poundsmack said:

EU: oh hey Microsoft. Ya, were gonna need you to go ahead and add one more their to the ballot screen, ok?

Microsoft: I really f***ing hate you guys...

(played out like a scene from Office Space)

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

poundsmack said:

EU: oh hey Microsoft. Ya, were gonna need you to go ahead and add one more their to the ballot screen, ok?

Microsoft: I really f***ing hate you guys...

(played out like a scene from Office Space)

LMAO!

I'm interested in seeing what they have to offer. I always liked Netscape back in the day.

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Haha, there is no competition for me. I am an avid Opera user and fanboy. For the rare thing that doesn't work in Opera I resort to IE 8.

guyver1 said:

skitzo_zac said:

Haha, there is no competition for me. I am an avid Opera user and fanboy. For the rare thing that doesn't work in Opera I resort to IE 8.

same as you m8, except i use firefox/chrome

I cant remember the last time i used IE8 (using Windows 7 RC so dont even need a browser for windows updates)

Algoz Algoz said:

I'm interested in seeing what they have to offer. I always liked Netscape back in the day.

Lets see what they have to offer, maybe its an evolutionary step, maybe its revolutionary, maybe its all hype.

The ballot screen is being debated elsewhere, but IMHO its a stupid development!

IanDSamson said:

No ways, please! There are already far too many browsers on the 'net, why do we need yet another and with such a stupid name as "RockMelt". Enough already!

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