Amazon Silk - The biggest Kindle innovation is not hardware, it's software

Summary:Amazon's Silk 'cloud-accelerated' web browser is a game changer.

Lots of information coming out of Amazon.s Kindle press event today. There's a new $79 Kindle, a WiFi Kindle Touch for $99, a 3G Kindle Touch for $149 and the new Kindle Fire tablet for $199.

But out of all this mouthwatering hardware, it's a software innovation that interests me the most - it's Amazon Silk?

What is Amazon Silk? Put simply, Amazon Silk is a mobile web browser that's powered by Amazon's colossal EC2 web services platform. According to Amazon, 'Silk isn't just another browser.'

All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform. Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely. In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.

So, it's a browser powered by cloud computing.

Amazon Silk is available exclusively for Kindle Fire users.

Topics: Innovation, Amazon, CXO, Hardware, Mobility, Networking


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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