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Run Web Apps on your Desktop with Prism

Travis Quinnelly 07-02-2008

Prism is a really neat application brought to us by Mozilla Labs. Prism, which was earlier named Webrunner, is an application that enables users to run their favorite web apps directly from their desktop or start menu locations.


This concept isn’t new, Adobe AIR and Microsoft Silverlight do very similar things but Mozilla’s stance is that they are not building a new proprietary platform to replace Web applications, they are just bringing the advantages of desktop apps to the Web platform.


Using Prism couldn’t be easier. After you’ve installed it, all you have to do is start it up and you’ll be presented with an “Install Web Application” box.

As you can see below, I’ve configured the Google Calendar web application using Prism. But you can also do it for Gmail, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Prism - Google Calendar Configuration


After inputting the necessary values for your new web application and clicking OK, Prism launches the application and you’re in business.

Prism - Google Calendar in action

With flavors available for Windows®, Mac, and Linux…Prism’s got you covered.

Prism is still in beta so there might be a few bugs here and there, therefore Mozilla is requesting that users participate in the forums as well as in submitting bugs.

Related topics: Adobe Air, Facebook, Gmail, Google Calendar, Microsoft Silverlight, Mozilla, Twitter.

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  1. Howard
    March 15, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Prism is now "Inactive" so we need to work out a better solutioin.