Prism Development Dropped

Prism from MozillaOver at Mozilla Labs, they announced that they are no longer going to maintain the Prism project.  For those of you who remember, Prism was Mozilla’s answer to the chrome-less browser.  Something you could use to launch web applications (like Gmail) as a desktop application.  The idea was to blur the line between desktop programs and online programs. 

While Prism might be getting the boot though, the idea behind it still lives on.

The Chromeless Browser is one of those projects that might be the next best thing after Prism. The idea behind it is to remove the current browser interface we know and love and replace it with a flexible platform.  That, in turn, would allow for the creation of new browser interfaces using standard web technologies.

It would seem that Mozilla thinks the general conversation of the web has moved beyond wanting online apps as desktop apps. If you look at the big picture, this makes sense – because for something like Prism to be successful, the modern web browser must die.  With Mozilla facing more competition these days than they did back in 2007 when Prism was launched – I can understand the thoughts behind retiring the Prism project.

Go check out the Mozilla Labs post yourself, and let me know what you think.  Will you miss Prism, or had you forgotten it even existed?

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3 Responses to Prism Development Dropped

  1. Peter Feb/06 at 8:56 pm #

    In theory it’s a good idea, but being ‘in a browser’ 99% of the time, why go to my desktop to see a web page when I can switch tabs?

  2. Davey Feb/11 at 10:15 pm #

    What a bummer! I love Prism! I use it in conjunction with offline Gmail as the perfect email client replacement–good for those check email checks before going to bed or when you just want check your inbox without getting distracted elsewhere.

  3. David Feb/15 at 6:27 pm #

    Just discovered Prism literally yesterday (14-Feb-2011) and now I learn it’s deceased. Ahhrgh. I just love chrome reduced browsing. I shall have to go back to Google Chrome Applications at least for the classroom desktops.