Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mozilla Launching A Cross-Platform Web App Store

Application developers looking to branch out from the mobile or desktop market take note. Mozilla, the founders of Firefox, is currently working on the Mozilla Marketplace. A new marketplace for developers to submit their HTML5 and JavaSrcipt based Web apps.

The goal, as Mozilla see's it, is to have a platform-agnostic approach which allows these apps will be able to run on any HTML5-capable device. Meaning developers could create one application to run on anything from an iPhone to a PC.

”The Web is the largest platform in the world. We are enabling the Web to be the marketplace, giving developers the opportunity to play on the biggest playing field imaginable,” said Todd Simpson, Mozilla’s Chief of Innovation. “By building the missing pieces, Mozilla is now unlocking the potential of the Web to be the platform for creating and consuming content everywhere.”

The Mozilla Web Apps platform will feature:
  • The Mozilla Marketplace, the first operating system- and device-independent market for apps based on open Web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.
  • New Mozilla-proposed APIs that advance the Web as a platform and will be submitted to the W3C for standardization.
  • A new identity system for the Web that puts users in control of their content, tying apps to the user and not the device or platform.
The Mozilla Marketplace will open for developers to submit Web apps at Mobile World Congress next week and will open to consumers later this year. For more details you can check out the Mozilla Developers Network

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