On Tuesday, Mozilla announced its labs project to develop "Open Web App Ecosystem" technology for finding, managing, and distributing Web apps.
"The open Web is a great platform for rich applications. It would be even better if it had additional capabilities to ease discovery, acquisition, installation and use of apps, while also enabling monetization for developers," Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's vice president of products, said in a blog post announcing the work.
It's clearly an answer to the Chrome Web Store, which Google is set to launch soon to support its Chrome OS software. But Mozilla's plan is indirect, providing others with app store tools rather than offering one itself. "At this point in time, Mozilla has no intention to build our own store or distribute apps ourselves. We expect to see app stores develop, which will provide access to both free and paid Open Web Apps," Mozilla said in an FAQ.
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