No matter how much web browsers improve, they can’t keep up with everything we want to do. Open one too many tabs on a laptop a few years old and your fan spins, your battery life drops, and your system slows down. A faster or cleaner PC might fix the problem, however A startup called Mighty has a different idea: A $ 30 a month web browser that lives in the cloud.
Instead of your own physical computer interacting with every website, you stream a remote control Instead, a web browser that lives on a powerful computer many miles away that has its own 1,000 Mbps connection to the internet.
All of a sudden, your decent internet connection would feel like one of the fastest internet connections in the world, as websites load almost instantly and intense web apps run smoothly without monopolizing RAM, CPU, GPU and battery no matter how many tabs you would have open – because the only one Your The computer is effectively broadcasting a video from that remote computer (similar to Netflix, YouTube, Google Stadia, etc.) while sending your keyboard and mouse commands to the cloud.
Skeptical? I definitely am, but maybe not for the reason you would think – because I tried this exact idea almost a decade ago and it absolutely works in practice. In 2012, cloud gaming pioneer OnLive introduced a virtual desktop web browser that allows you to quickly load entire websites onto an iPad and Stream 4K videos from YouTube. (Pretty much the feat in 2012!) I’ve called it the fastest web browser you’ve ever usedand OnLive’s asking price was only $ 5 a month.
Cloud desktop provider like Shadow also offered similar skills; If you rent their gaming PCs in the cloud ($ 12-15 per month), you can use the built-in web browsers on these virtual PCs to get similar speeds as they usually live at very high speeds in data centers, in a few hops (and possibly direct peering agreements with) large networks for the delivery of content.
Mighty argues that by focusing on the browser (rather than recreating an entire Windows PC) more people are getting what they actually want. “Most people want an experience where the underlying operating system and application (the browser) work together seamlessly, rather than having to tame two desktop experiences.” Founder Suhail Doshi commented on Hacker News. Mighty claims it eliminates intrusive cookies and ads, automatically notifies you of Zoom meetings, quickly searches Google Docs, and presumably has other integrations ahead of it. Mighty also says it encrypts your data and keystrokes, Among other things, security promises.
But it’s not entirely clear why it costs so much more or who would be willing to pay $ 30 a month for such a subscription – you’d think, the people who can afford a monthly browser bill on top of their monthly internet bill Be the same people who can afford a faster PC and internet to begin with. Gigabit fiber is already a reality for some households, and it’s not like Mighty is spinning Your dubious 25/3 connection into one gigabit; While Doshi tells me that it will technically work with a 20 Mbit / s connection, he says that he currently addresses households with more than 80 Mbit / s.
Then again, It’s not that everyone has a real choice of ISPsno matter how much money they make. As Jürgen Geuter (aka aunt) points out below, this is more of an accusation than an innovation. It’s been a decade and we still haven’t resolved these issues.
“Stream your browser to you because the HTML on your computer is too slow to render” is not an innovation but a sign of shame for anyone who creates websites and browsers.
Tech failed as an industry. https://t.co/JJC0WomArb
– aunt (@ aunt) April 28, 2021
Exactly with my colleague Tom: I really want to know who would actually pay for it and why. Would you?