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Prism – Running Web Application on Your Desktop

Posted · Category: License Free, Tools

Have you thought of running your web application in it’s own window? Prism can let you run your web application on desktop without changing the code. Mozilla Labs is launching a series of experiments to bridge the divide in the user experience between web applications and desktop apps and to explore new usability models as the line between traditional desktop and new web applications continues to blur.

Unlike Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight, they are not building a proprietary platform to replace the web. Their goal is to identify and facilitate the development of enhancements that bring the advantages of desktop apps to the web platform.

There are more and more of people are using web applications. But the web application often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers. And they are surrounded with controls–like back and forward buttons and a location bar–that have nothing to do with interacting with the application itself. Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. You do not need to change your web application, you just need to install Prism in order to run your web application on your desktop.


Requirements: Installation Required
Demo: http://labs.mozilla.com/2007/10/prism/
License: License Free

  • I tried it. Does the same thing as an iframe would in a vb.net program. It’s completely pointless and I don’t understand how I could ever really use this.

  • Lethality

    To the genius above me, did it occur to you that the world doesn’t use VB and/or .net?

    And also did it occur to you that the Microsoft platform has nothing but security problems?

  • Rok

    ^^^^ totally agreed with this reply. This is very useful to us that never bothered with vb and .net but use alternative languages.

  • Denys

    I was looking for something like Prism. I tried it but I don’t use it. The reason is that when I launched Gmail I got an error about Windows Script Host being disabled. I googled for such an error and found out that it’s not recommended to enable it. Now I wonder what’s the point to install and use a new application that decrease my PC security if I can simply launch my browser though Prism seems to be a neat thing.

  • Rodrigo

    Eu estou usando estou gostando de utilizar em minhas aplicações e estou aguardando algumas atualizações.

    Exemplo com o Prism : Zimbra Cliente de Email

    Thanks Mozilla Fundation!

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