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.
In a Twitter feedfounder Suhail Doshi explains at least one reason for ending the browser-as-a-service business.
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.
1/ A little news: last week I decided to stop working on Mighty after 3 and a half years 😓. If anyone is interested in purchasing the IP, please contact them.
This week, our team will start working on creating new types of creative tools using advancements in AI. A new kind of Adobe Creative Suite.
—Suhail (@Suhail) November 13, 2022
via Hacker News