RockMelt Attempts to Streamline Users Web Access

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-11-08 Print this article Print


5. It limits the need for extensions 

Much of RockMelt's functionality can be done with extensions on several browsers, including Firefox. But having to manage those extensions can be a pain. The average novice user likely won't do it. RockMelt has all that functionality built right in, making it ideal for the power user who wants everything. It's also easy enough to use for the novice who likes having the ability to see Facebook updates without necessarily going to the page. 

6. The design is just right 

RockMelt's design is quite impressive. And for most users, they will feel right at home with the browser. The software is still quite young, which means it has some bugs, but for the most part, it's designed well for the average user who typically downloads beta products as soon as they're made available. 

7. It's based on Chromium

RockMelt is based on open-source Chromium code originally developed to support Google's Chrome browser. That has given developers the leniency they need to continue improving the software while still making it quite zippy when loading pages. Even better, it gives the software some much-needed credibility in the open-source community, which has been known to support projects until the bitter end. 

8. It tracks the user's favorite sites 

One of the best features of RockMelt is that it tracks the user's favorite Websites, providing them with alerts whenever a specific page is updated. The service can also tell folks when pictures are uploaded by friends, videos are shared by others and much more. It's quite similar to having an RSS reader built into the browser. It's a nice idea. And it's one that some users will definitely like having. 

9. The browser is the last line of defense 

Part of the beauty of RockMelt is that it doesn't force users to go to different sites to do the things they want to do. So, for instance, if they want to share a link with their friends on Twitter, they can do it from the browser, rather than use the different links and boxes on various Websites. That's something that most other browsers are lacking. 

10. It works on Mac OS X and Windows 

In today's browser market, running on both Windows and Mac OS X is an absolute necessity. Wisely for RockMelt, it does just that. As Google and Mozilla have shown, providing a browser to as many customers as possible is the best way to even come close to matching Internet Explorer's market share.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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