Not so powerful after all (web browser in cloud domain stops)

Powerful was designed to be a better and faster web browser… taking advantage of cloud computing resources to speed up your online experience. But when the company announced an early access program last year, it left a lot of people scratching their heads.

This is because, unlike most web browsers, Mighty does not run on your local computer. It works in the cloud. So you have to run an app… to remotely connect to your browser. And it’s not free: users have to pay a monthly subscription. A year and a half later, the founder of Mighty announced that he was stopping development of the project.

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In a Twitter feedfounder Suhail Doshi explains at least one reason for ending the browser-as-a-service business.

One of the biggest is that laptop and desktop processors are improving faster than server chips in single-core performance. And that means that while Mighty’s browser could make JavaScript up to twice as fast as a local browser running on your computer, it couldn’t achieve its goals of speeding things up 5-10x faster. In other words, it just didn’t seem like users were getting enough of a speed boost to justify paying a monthly subscription.

But it’s also unclear how big the market would have been for a cloud-based browser subscription, even if it has been capable of achieving its performance criteria. Because over the past three decades, people have largely become accustomed to the idea that while you can pay for internet service and access specific sites and services on the web, are you browsing themselves? These are not things you pay for.

Mighty’s parent company, meanwhile, still has about half of the funds it raised and is now turning its sights to creating a free AI art tool called Playground.

via Hacker News

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