If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 1-2 years, you may have noticed that there are a lot of web 2.0 applications appearing on the internet at a rapid pace. Most of the web applications that I have come across run from within a web browser. But how cool would it be if you could run Yahoo Mail! interface as a separate desktop application and not from within a browser? This is where Prism comes in. Prism is a new project by Mozilla labs which is capable of separating web applications from the browser and running webapps as separate desktop applications. Where applicable, Prism can be used to even to run web applications offline.

mozilla prism screenshot

Main Features

  • Access web apps from system taskbar or dock
  • Tray icon and dock menus
  • Associate applications with browser links
  • Rock solid web app stability
  • Run applications automatically when your computer starts
  • Minimize to tray
  • System tray icon and dock badges
  • Popup alerts


As with all software from Mozilla Labs, Prism comes free of charge. This software however is still in beta test stages (beta 1 actually). Be warned that you may run into undiscovered bugs or glitches.

Prism comes in two flavors – the standalone application and the FireFox extension. Download whichever version you prefer:

[Click Here] to download Prism FireFox Extension

[Click Here] to download Prism Standalone web application


  1. Mrinmoy // 5/13/2009 06:06:00 PM  

    can anyone tell me what is web application ver 2.0?...thanks...