On eve of Chrome store launch, Mozilla touts own Web app plans
Slates launch of cross-browser app store for Q1 2011
Computerworld - Hoping to steal a little thunder from rival browser maker Google, Mozilla late Monday said its cross-browser Web app store would launch early next year.
Google is expected to announce the launch of its Chrome Web Store, a Web app marketplace aimed at users of its Chrome browser and upcoming Chrome OS, during a press event later today.
On Monday, Mozilla said its Open Web App Ecosystem would be ready in an "integration release" in the first quarter of 2011 -- the company wasn't more specific than that -- with support for the most popular browsers, an app dashboard to locally manage the programs and stable APIs (applications programming interfaces) for developers.
As it did last October when it released a developer prototype, yesterday Mozilla stressed the "open" part of its app concept.
"The Web needs support for the co-existence of multiple Open Web App stores, and to enable users to use applications from these stores in a consistent manner," said Pascal Finette, director of Mozilla Labs, in a post to the company's blog. "People buy their shoes, food and music from different stores on the Web today, and we see the same need for diversity and choice with Open Web Apps."
Under Mozilla's proposal, Web apps will run in any of several browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Apple's Safari and Opera Software's Opera, as well as in mobile browsers based on WebKit, the open-source engine that powers both Android and Apple's iOS browser.
Open Web apps can be obtained at a store -- and from multiple stores -- or through developers' own Web sites.
Naturally, the Chrome App Store focuses on Chrome and Chrome OS, whose users can add shortcuts to the browser for acquired apps. But Google's made it clear that users of other browsers can use apps purchased from the Chrome store.
It's unclear whether Google will play in Mozilla's app store sandbox. Although Finette said Monday that his company is "actively working with developers of apps and stores," Mozilla has not identified potential partners.
Monday wasn't the first time that Mozilla plugged its app ecosystem close to a similar Google announcement. In May, Mozilla revealed its plans to build an open Web app platform the day after its rival unveiled the Chrome Web Store.
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Chrome users won't give up, keep pressing Google to restore old-style new tab page
- Google quashes 31 vulnerabilities, restores Metro mode 'steppers' with Chrome 34
- Firefox's UI face-lift on track for April debut
- Ex-Mozilla engineer blames Microsoft's rules for Metro Firefox's death
- Mozilla patches 20 Firefox flaws, plugs Pwn2Own holes
- Google reverses field, promises to restore Chrome's scrollbar arrows
- Update: Google ships Chrome 33, patches 28 bugs
- Mozilla's top exec defends in-Firefox ads, revenue search
- Mozilla taps in-Firefox ads as it searches for more revenue
- Mozilla ships Metro Firefox beta for Windows 8
Read more about Internet in Computerworld's Internet Topic Center.
- Data on the Move = Business on the Move; How Strategic Secure Managed File Transfer Adds Value and Drives Business This whitepaper describes the formal and informal file-sharing methods business employees use to perform their daily functions and explains that, from sending small...
- Path Selection Infographic Path Selection Infographic
- Hyperconvergence Infographic A wide range of observers agree that data centers are now entering an era of "hyperconvergence" that will raise network traffic levels faster...
- Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Hyperconvergence Era From cloud computing and virtualization to mobility and unified communications, an array of innovative technologies is transforming today's data centers.
- Supercharge Your Web and Mobile App Development with High-Productivity Hybrid Cloud Webinar: Hear from industry experts about the amazing power at the intersection of next-generation web and mobile application development and cloud platforms.
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users? All Internet White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!