What is missing from RockMelt Beta

Facebook is working on a browser

Rockmelt is a browser for the Facebook era and is now officially supported by Facebook. As the Rockmelt creators reported in a blog post, they recently started developing the browser together with Facebook. The recently published Rockmelt Beta 3 contains around 30 new functions, most of which originate from the cooperation with Facebook, including a better Facebook chat and a generally better integration of Facebook in the browser. And Beta 3 is just meant to be a sneak preview of what's to come.

Rockmelt Beta 3
  1. Winicker Norimed GmbH Medical Research, Nuremberg
  2. Usercentrics GmbH, Munich

In order to improve chatting in Rockmelt, the list of friends, the so-called Friend Edge, has been revised. It can now be used as a full buddy list with a name and a search function and, if it is longer than the space on the screen, can be scrolled with the mouse wheel. In addition, users can now determine for themselves whether the list should be on the left or right edge of the browser window.

In the future, friend inquiries, messages and notifications can be managed and answered directly in Rockmelt. Similar to the Facebook website, news is displayed in the top left next to your own profile picture.

In cooperation with Facebook, the display of Facebook's website has also been adapted so that friend requests, messages, notifications, friend lists and chats are only displayed once, in Rockmelt. Chats initiated via Facebook's website also open chat windows in Rockmelt.

Chromium, the open source version of Google's Chrome browser, is used as the browser engine. However, this has been expanded to include various functions that are intended to simplify life in social networks. In addition to the now expanded Facebook integration, the Rockmelt creators have, among other things, integrated a share function into the URL line, with which links can be placed directly on pages such as Facebook or Twitter. One click is enough to share a link with friends in this way.

To use Rockmelt, users need to log in to their browser. This then grants direct access to your own Facebook contacts, RSS feeds, bookmarks and frequently used services. All settings are saved on Rockmelt servers so that the same environment is available on different computers.

One of the people behind Rockmelt is Netscape founder Marc Andreessen.

Rockmelt Beta 3 is now available for download at rockmelt.com.