Mighty was designed to be a better, faster web browser… by leveraging 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 folks scratching their heads.
That’s because unlike most web browsers, Mighty doesn’t run on your local computer. It runs in the cloud. So you need to run an app… to connect to your browser remotely. And it’s not free: users have to pay a monthly subscription. A year and a half later, Mighty’s founder has announced that he’s ceasing development of the project.
In a Twitter thread, founder Suhail Doshi spells out at least one reason for winding down the browser-as-a-service business.
But it’s also unclear how big a market there would have been for a cloud-based browser subscription even if it was able to hit its performance benchmarks. Because over the past three decades, people have largely gotten used to the idea that while you may pay for internet service and access to specific sites and services on the web, browser themselves? Those aren’t things you pay for.
Mighty’s parent company, meanwhile, still has about half the funding it raised and is now pivoting to create a free AI art tool called Playground.
1/ A bit of news: last week I decided to stop working on Mighty after 3.5 years 😓. If anyone is interested in buying the IP, please reach out.
This week our team will begin work on making new kinds of creative tools using advances in AI. A new kind of Adobe Creative Suite.
— Suhail (@Suhail) November 13, 2022
via Hacker News