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Amazon Introduces Silk Web Browser

 5:41 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Amazon Introduces Silk Web Browser [amazonsilk.wordpress.com]
Today in New York, Amazon introduced Silk, an all-new web browser powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and available exclusively on the just announced Kindle Fire. You might be asking, ďA browser? Do we really need another one?Ē As youíll see in the video below, Silk isnít just another browser. We sought from the start to tap into the power and capabilities of the AWS infrastructure to overcome the limitations of typical mobile browsers. Instead of a device-siloed software application, Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture. All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform. Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely. In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.



 6:13 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Holy crap, if this browser inserts AWS between websites and browsers, those of us blocking AWS because of all the bad bots may not be accessible to Amazon Silk users!

BTW, Will malware that targets silk be called 'silk-worms'?

Sorry, couldn't resist :)


 6:36 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Sounds a bit like Opera with "Turbo" enabled?

Robert Charlton

 6:39 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)


Thanks, Bill. I needed that.

With Silk and the Kindle Fire, the mobile device competition becomes an even more fascinating game of corporate techno-chess. Check out the link in the Amazon announcement to amazon.com's Kindle Fire page, and see some of the market's that Amazon is going after... iPad, movies, books, music, magazine subscriptions, apps, email, etc. Is a Kindle Fire with a smoking Hot Keyboard far behind?

I think a lot of people are going to drop a lot of money on devices that will become obsolete as the pieces and corporate alliances of this game shift.

See also the Ars Technica article...

Amazon's Silk Web browser adds new twist to old idea

The ideas behind Silk are compelling, but they aren't particularly novel. Opera has been using a similar approach for years to power the "turbo" mode of its desktop and mobile browsers. Amazon, of course, benefits from a much larger-scale cloud computing infrastructure with which to get the job done.


 11:28 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Holy crap, if this browser inserts AWS between websites and browsers, those of us blocking AWS because of all the bad bots may not be accessible to Amazon Silk users!

Many of us may be rewriting our rewrites.


 11:45 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

Unless my site receives actual traffic from silk it's just another gizmo that I won't be making changes for. There are too many, each rolling out updates too quickly, for me to devote enough time on.

There are too many gizmos, each rolling out new features and advertising campaigns, for the general public to devote enough money to own one of each. Too many options, each with pros and cons, makes a coder have nightmares.


 4:06 am on Sep 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Concept: Cool - use a server to zip all content and send to the tablet in one blast.

Problematic: Dynamic content resizing.

Scary: Features pre-fetching content based on aggregate user behavior.

I'm curious as to how well it will handle ajax content, whether these requests will be pre-fetched also.

Good point on the blocking AWS - will amazon use a reserved IP block - or randomly make requests from across their cloud... I'm guessing the later.

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