The Web has evolved drastically during the past two decades. But the Web browser remains much as it has since it was first created.
That’s the premise behind RockMelt, a new browser that bills itself as having been built from the ground-up for the realities of today’s Web 2.0 world, in which interacting across social networks is as important as viewing Web pages.
The new browser has been under development in “stealth” mode for two years and has been the subject of much speculation, particularly since one of the company’s main investors is Marc Andreessen, the man credited with creating the first mass-market graphical Web browser.
Now RockMelt is pulling back the curtain and letting users try a beta version of the browser (although the company will initially only offer a limited number of invitations to use the browser).
RockMelt weaves social networking directly into the browser, and uses cloud-based servers to save users’ preferences, providing a consistent experience among the various PCs a person surfs the Web from.