Intel's QuickWeb technology was billed as the cure for the World Wide Wait, but this "vaportechnology" was this week unceremoniously killed by the big chip maker.
Intel confirmed it is discontinuing QuickWeb, a server-based Web caching and image compression product designed to speed up Web browsing. Intel spokesperson Linda Bonniksen said the company informed its Internet service provider (ISP) partners about the decision earlier this month. But Intel was tight-lipped about the reasons for killing QuickWeb, which was announced last October. "It did not grow as quickly as we thought it would need to for long-term success," explained Bonniksen.
QuickWeb was advertised as offering a 100 percent speed-up in Web page loads, but some beta testers reported the boost was more like 20 percent, and that came at the expense of graphics quality.
Bonniksen said that Intel partners Erols Internet, GlobalCenter, and Netcom, had signed up about 2,300 QuickWeb subscribers. Intel said subscribers should contact their ISPs for refunds and other information about the discontinued service.