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Netscape Inventor Backs New Web Browser

There's a new Web browser in town, and it's name is RockMelt. What's so special about this browser, you say? After all, there's a heaping already available to download including Firefox, Chrome and a few more.

Well here's why: it's backed by the co-founder of browsing pioneer Netscape. Before Firefox, Opera and others came along to steal Microsoft's built-in Internet Explorer thunder, the feature-rich Netscape browser was offered as a 3rd-party option, a shiny new wagon venturing into the virtual frontier. After its launch in 1994, the browser was sold off to AOL in 1998 and then discontinued ten years later.

The new RockMelt aims to transform the browsing experience again, re-imagined for modern Web users and packed with the Web's most popular services. The company behind the software was founded by founded by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria in November 2008. It's also backed currently by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, former Intuit chief executive Bill Campbell, Facebook, Twitter and Google investor Ron Conway, and others.

According to the company, RockMelt was built on top of Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome. Key features include push notifications, Facebook integration, speedier search, and social media tools for sharing on Twitter, Facebook and other services. If anything, RockMelt could be the ultimate social networking tool, piping friends and feeds directly into the browser without an external 3rd-party client or a browser plug-in.

"RockMelt is onto something huge," Andreessen said. "They've rethought the browser around the massive shifts in user behavior that will drive the Web over the next decade. RockMelt is the freshest, most innovative take on browsing since browsers were created. Eric and Tim have built an outstanding team that will continue delivering breakthrough innovations."

Currently the beta is invite-only. Interested Web surfers can head over to the RockMelt website and sign up using a Facebook account. The company will then send an invite email days later. To learn more, there's a RockMelt Facebook page, a RockMelt Twitter page, and a RockMelt blog,

  • eyefinity
    Same old crock of shite.
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  • chickenhoagie
    I'm really interested to see what kind of browser they can make now..keepin bringin on the competition!
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  • azz156
    is it posible to ban people that spam anoying ads like above
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  • iam2thecrowe
    will it run on XP, will it support flash and will it have hardware acceleration?
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  • tpi2007
    Some smart developer will do a plug-in with the same functionality for Firefox; it will become popular; and Firefox will make it official a version later.

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  • gekko668
    I think TH need to incorporate CAPCHA into the comment system. It is annoying when posting comment but get rid of the annoying spambot.
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  • firebee1991
    Am I the only one who sees this as completely pointless? Just focus on supporting web standards and let the social networks make their own nifty web apps.
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  • eklipz330
    azz156is it posible to ban people that spam anoying ads like abovegekko668I think TH need to incorporate CAPCHA into the comment system. It is annoying when posting comment but get rid of the annoying spambot.

    i think the best solution would be to have a 7-day period before u can post on articles
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  • False_Dmitry_II
    eklipz330i think the best solution would be to have a 7-day period before u can post on articles
    That would be much less annoying. Especially since I've been well past that for awhile now.

    Though the guest posters do sometimes post good stuff... maybe put capcha only on them?
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  • Travis Beane
    So, what about people who don't use facebook/twitter etc., will we have any reason to try out this browser?
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