The advances in browser technology just keep coming. Whether you're an Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox fan the hits just keep coming. Meanwhile, open source projects like Chromium mean that browsers like RockMelt, a social twist on Web surfing can emerge.
- Mozilla Labs launches F1, a share button that will trump all of those little icons that are everywhere. You only need a few minutes to notice that the add-on is quite handy. Meanwhile, Mozilla has the latest Firefox 4 beta rolling.
- And then there's RockMelt. The jury is still out on this effort, but the browser offers an interesting social networking twist to Web surfacing. More importantly, the RSS feed integration is nice too. When it comes to RockMelt I recommend you try it out and make your own call. Sam Diaz likes it. And Violet Blue hates it. The main takeaway here: RockMelt offers an interesting twist on browsing.
- Toss in Chrome's momentum, IE's embrace of HTML5 (quite a shock to some) and the race for speed and these are the best of times for Web browsers.
Add it up and you wonder if that browser-as-OS vision---first uttered back in the late 1990s---is finally about to happen. Browsers are increasingly becoming more dynamic windows to the Web and given cloud computing and software-as-a-service they are your most valuable application.