Friday, March 11, 2011 1:50:00 PM
and other sites are making a big deal out of the new Bing browser toolbar allegedly copying features from social browser/Flock clone RockMelt.
Frankly, I don't get it.
Browsers have been copying each other since the dawn of time, and the press didn't seem to care much. Things like Speed Dial, popup blocking, full page zoom, sessions, private data deletion, and so on, were invented or pioneered by Opera, and are in use by other browsers today. Opera has also added features that were first seen in other browsers, such as private browsing and extensions.
Why do they care about this only now?
And as far as I can tell, the ideas in RockMelt aren't exactly novel, new or revolutionary either. Remember Flock
Saturday, August 15, 2009 4:10:28 PM
Netscape founder Marc Andreessen is apparently backing a new browser called "RockMelt"
. Details are sketchy at the moment, but rumours have it that it's a browser tailored for Facebook
I hope the rumours are untrue.
What I am hoping for is that RockMelt will be a Web browser which is not tied to any specific sites, and that it will introduce a completely new browser engine. Writing a browser engine is a huge undertaking, but we need more of them on the market.
The larger the number of widely used browser engines is, the lower the impact of security holes in any single browser, the more expensive and time-consuming it will be for virus and malware authors to infect computers, and the higher the benefits are for writing standards-compliant Web pages.