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Mozilla's Prism runs Web apps sans browser

Mozilla Labs released a tool called Prism (formerly called Webrunner) that runs Web applications directly from the desktop, without requiring a Web browser.

Mozilla Labs released a tool called Prism (formerly called Webrunner) that runs Web applications directly from the desktop, without requiring a Web browser.

An excerpt from InternetNews.com:

According to Mozilla's official description, "Prism is an application that lets users split Web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop." Instead of needing to boot up a browser to access Web-based apps, a simple icon can be clicked on a desktop. The icon would pull up the application inside of a Prism window providing the user with access without the additional browser bloat.

A Windows version of Prism is available here, while a Mac and Linux version are in the pipeline.

Users can place icons for their favorite sites directly on the desktop (such as Gmail and Facebook) , and Prism will run them. Prism competes with similar, more feature-packed services, such as Adobe Interactive Runtime and Microsoft's Silverlight.

It is debatable whether the Prism represents a major shift in user experience since it's a stripped-down version of a browser. But this is just the beginning stage. The main point is that Prism represents an open platform that's based on Firefox, where any application that works on a standard browser (TechNewsWorld) can be executed.

More information:

Mozilla Prism : Refracting the Web on to your Desktop (Wired)

Mozilla's Prism to bring Web Apps to desktops (Webware)

Do you think Prism is a radical Web application innovation or just a nifty feature app?

8 comments
RGismondi
RGismondi

Cannot get it to work--not worth a lot of time.

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

Ok, I've been reading the prism concept, which I think it has a great potential in the future, maybe? (if they make it work with flash environments and saved setting).. but so far, what's the big thing about it?.. I mean.. isn't it like having a 'web-shortcut' on your desktop and have it with a different icon?? .. at least you can do that with IExplorer.. with firefox is different but still. Maybe I didnt read enough to get the whole idea :( cheers, :)

pr.arun
pr.arun

What is your opinion on the Prism, a radical Web applications innovation or just a nifty feature app?

pr.arun
pr.arun

Web browsers were more than enough when it came to displaying text and some cool graphics, but with web applications, the browser's limitations are coming to the fore. Hence the need to dedicated platforms that provide lot more functionality... take the IM for instance, its an application, its based on the web but is tailored for its functionality. Just the same applies to all platforms that are arriving (AIR, Silverlight), essentially launching of the web, but providing seamless power like that of desktop apps.

pweegar
pweegar

I just down loaded, installed, and tried prism. It worked up to a point. I have an IE application that uses an ActiveX control to display images. The ActiveX control never got loaded, and my images never display. Makes Prism rather useless. altho, I will admit the idea is cool. Just doesn't work at this point.

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

Like I said, I think it has a potential the whole idea behind prism, but just needed to understand where it was up to so far.. anyways, I'll wait a bit longer to try this out. thanks for the reply though :)

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Honest question. I didn't think it had ActiveX support but maybe someone shoehorned it in or where you testing on a Windows box?

Penguin_me
Penguin_me

Give it 6 months and Mozilla / Adobe / MS 's offerings will have matured enough to actually be able to launch web-apps that run in application mode. For now the technology isn't quite there yet, but give it 6 months.

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