The browser hasn’t changed much since its first appearance as WorldWideWeb by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, it’s still a program with roughly the same dynamics, it’s still the same old browser but tuned up and more secure (hopefully your not using IE 6 :p) to take advantage of new technologies such as flash, Java, PHP, .ASP and other languages but the essence is still the same, the user types in a URL which gets translated in a DNS server to a IP Address then forwarded back to the user as a HTML code so the browser can read it.
This is what every browser does, name it Chrome, Firefox, Netscape, Internet Explorer, Safari but in September of this year (2011) a revolution took place, many people didn’t realise what was taking shape at Amazons labs which is usually known for its online store.
But many non-techy users don’t realise that Amazon was one of the first movers with cloud computing with the introduction of the EC2 service.
“Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. ” –Amazon
So what has this got to do with your browser your thinking? Well Amazon is currently using its knowledge gained from its experience with server management and IT infrastructures and has launched a web-browser called Silk which uses its own Amazon Cloud servers to process most of the page dynamics and network requests and centralises those requests in the cloud. Then all the browser has to do is showing you the content and runs much faster. Amazon has launched this browser on its new Kindle Fire and there is some speculation that Amazon will launch a version for the PC, Mac and Android. do you believe that this is the future of the browser?
Amazon explains it better in this video below