Prism- Firefox’s One Trick Pony

By on May 11, 2009
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Mozilla launched Prism a couple of days back- what I call their one trick pony. The idea behind Prism is to allow you to run a website as an application instead of a tab on your browser. For example, lets say you have GMail or Facebook open all the time in a tab of your [...]

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Mozilla launched Prism a couple of days back- what I call their one trick pony. The idea behind Prism is to allow you to run a website as an application instead of a tab on your browser. For example, lets say you have GMail or Facebook open all the time in a tab of your Firefox. What happens when Firefox crashes? All your tabs get shut down. With Prism, you can define any website as a application that can be accessed from your Start Menu or your Applications folder and itbasically runs in a separate instance than Firefox so even if your browser crashes, your application doesn’t.

You’re probably thinking that this kind of functionality already exists in Google Chrome, Microsoft’s recently launched Internet Explorer 8 or even Apple’sSafari that allows you to save a web page or part of it on your Dashboard. You are absolutely right- this is just Firefox catching up with the rest of these browsers.

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Now that you know what Prism does, you’re probably wondering why you’d want to use it? Firefox doesn’t really crash on me that often and I’d rather have all the pages as tabs under one application. Fair enough. Where I can see Prism being used is at offices where a typical web browser can be uninstalled from the computer and prism made available to allow access to certain websites only- especially since you can disable the address bar and buttons. Examples for such could be a travelling agency that only allows access to their reservation systems.


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  • http://www.tbreak.com Mohammed “aGoGo” Issa

    Doesn’t make firefox bad,
    still I find it the best browser available. I don’t understand why people are excited about Chrome. IE8 is OK, Opera is missing in action.
    Safari for Windows is just a bad idea.

  • http://www.tbreak.com Abbas Jaffar Ali

    Completely agree that Firefox is an excellent browser- it is my primary browser. I just think that Prism should’ve been an extension (which it is) and not a completely new product with a name.

  • http://www.tbreak.com Mohammed “aGoGo” Issa

    Not a new product or even an extension.
    It should be a built-in new core feature, having it as an extension means it’s available only for the people who are aware that it even exists.

  • http://none.com not_needed

    Useless, I wouldnt let my site be run as an app. The tendancy to merge online and offline == web 2.0 (lol, they can have it) is a bad bad bad idea.

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