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Netscape Founder Backs Facebook-linked Rockmelt Browser

Marc Andreessen, one of the co-founders of the Netscape browser, which brought the web to millions of users in the 1990s, is overtly backing a new browser start-up, dubbed as “RockMelt”, in an apparent attempt to make a comeback in the internet browser domain.

Quoting some unnamed sources, The New York Times reported that Andreessen is actually investing significantly in the new browser start-up, owned by the duo Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, with whom Andreessen co-founded Opsware Inc., which was later snapped up by Hewlett Packard in 2007.

The new web browser will compete with some of the established players in the internet browser domains in the likes of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Although little is known about the new web browser yet, but the reports from the Times clearly indicated that the browser would be tailored to work with the social networking site Facebook.

In his interview with the Times back in summer, Andreessen asserted that the web has now become a complex network of complex websites that require an innovative web browser to cater to the needs of the users effectively.

Citing the same, he said, “There are all kinds of things that you would do differently if you are building a browser from scratch”.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.