Mozilla has made good on its promise of building an open web app infrastructure. The first release of the Web Apps technology - the APIs for the apps and app stores as well as management tools for browsers - is now available to all. What's more, there are even a handful of apps to see how the whole system is going to work.
"We are excited to announce the availability of the first milestone release of Mozilla’s Web Application project. Web Apps are applications that run on any device, and can be distributed through any store or directly by the developer," Mozilla's Ragavan Srinivasan writes.
"This release contains stable APIs, developer utilities and documentation to help you get a jumpstart on building Web Apps and stores," he adds.
This first iteration targets all audiences, though it offers more for some than others. Regular users can get an idea of what the Web Apps project aims to achieve, how apps will look and actlike as well as why they're important in the first place.
Developers on the other hand can get straight to work as the APIs for both web apps and the web stores to keep them are considered stable and ready for use.
Since web apps are exactly that, applications built with standard web technologies, creating them should be no big deal for anyone with at least some experience with HTML5 and its sister technologies.
After that, it's just a matter of packaging them and extending their functionality for better integration with the browser.
The great thing about web apps, as Mozilla envisions them, is that they're designed to run in any modern browser, though only Firefox and Chrome are supported now, but also on mobile operating systems.
The best part of the release is that adventurous users are able to start installing web apps in both Firefox and Chrome right now. Mozilla has created add-ons for both browsers to manage installed apps. What's more, there are a number of apps available from Mozilla's dedicated site.