Mozilla’s answer to Adobe AIR

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Adobe brings web apps to the desktop with AIR, Microsoft is doing similar things with Silverlight, and now Mozilla announces Prism. The biggest difference between Prism and it’s competitors is that you don’t have to do anything extra to create a Prism app from a web app.Here’s a quote from their announcement: “Prism isn’t a new platform, it’s simply the web platform integrated into the desktop experience. Web developers don’t have to target it separately, because any application that can run in a modern standards-compliant web browser can run in Prism. Prism is built on Firefox, so it supports rich internet technologies like HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.”Personally, I still don’t see why everybody is making a big fuss over making desktop apps out of web apps. I think web apps are just fine the way they are, and as of yet I haven’t seen any AIR app that shows me why I should be excited about the desktop as a development platform. However, I think Mozilla doesn’t want to see more web developers moving to proprietary platforms, and thus their efforts with Prism built on plain ol’ web standards.