Mozilla made available the first milestone release of Mozilla's Web Application project. Web Apps are applications that run on any device, and can be distributed through any store or directly by the developer.
For the end-users, you can actually try out some Open Web Apps now! You need to install an add-on first (Firefox / Chrome), and then simply head over Mozilla's Demo Apps.
To get started, watch this short video which describes the main features of the release:
Open Web Apps will be compatible with every platform and OS -- including Chrome! -- and they can be distributed in a variety of ways, too. Mozilla will undoubtedly run its own Web Store alongside AMO, but the Open Web App spec allows for developers to run their own store, or to simply distribute Web apps on their own, without the need for a store.
In the coming weeks, we plan to pursue several new ideas, including:
- A deeply integrated “in browser” experience that spans the entire find, install, launch, use and manage flow.
- Syncing your Web Apps to your mobile devices.
- Supporting native browser controls and OS integration.
- Support for widgets and notifications to make your Web Apps more lively.