Mozilla has released a beta versions of an application/Firefox browser plug-in called Prism, which allows any Web site to be saved onto your desktop as a stand-alone application (albeit, one which connects to the Web). When clicked, the application launches in it’s own little browser window, connects to the Web, and functions as you would expect from that Web site.
This is powerful stuff.
It turns the humble Web browser from a “portal”, through which all applications must run, into a platform. Prism is based on technology created for Site-Specific Browsers, or SSBs.
I can easily see Web 3.0 applications using AJAX- the fancy code that enables drag-and-drop, desktop-like behavior on Web sites, like Gmail or Box.net- to turn Web applications into “Netware,” similar to Apple’s iTunes. Google Gears and Adobe’s Flex are already moving in this direction.
Oh, yeah. This is mighty powerful ju-ju. Microsoft, Sun, Apple? You hear that?