Hursh Agrawal, cofounder of The Browser Company (makers of the upstart browser Arc, which for now is Mac-only):
We’re sprinting hard to get Arc onto Windows in 2023 — exact timing still 🤐!
His tweet has a two-minute video that outlines a tremendously ambitious plan:
- Swift on Windows (compiler, debugger)
- VSCode integration, Swift bindings for WinAppSDK
- Porting Arc to Windows
If they pull it off, they’ll ship a toolchain to develop cross-platform Mac/Windows apps, programmed in Swift using VSCode. I have my doubts about whether this is possible from a small team, and I have different doubts about whether this would be a good way to write good Mac apps. So I’d ignore this for now — but for the fact that Arc itself is very interesting, and very much real.
It’s not for me, but it really has a bunch of innovative, original ideas for a web browser. They’ve proven that they can ship. So I say godspeed.
★ Tuesday, 2 May 2023