With applications moving to the web, the desktop web browser is becoming more and more the center of users’ attention. Consider for a moment what percentage of time you spend in Firefox or other web browsers compared to other programs or applications that run in your desktop – or use RescueTime (Yet Another Web App) to find out precisely!
Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. Prism lets users add their favorite web apps to their desktop environment. When invoked, these applications run in their own window.
See mozilla labs blog post on prism for more detail.
Oh my! How useful! If you’re a web-developer like me, and you use web apps next to your development sites in order to help you get development done, you need to try this out. For Mac OS X, Fluid.app is the same concept, but runs on webkit and hence is faster and more native to OS X.
Fluid.app takes a bit of configuring for some web apps. See the advanced panel in the wrapping-app’s preferences, and add urls with * wildcards.