Mozilla, creators of popular free open source software (such as Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client), are working on two new projects aimed at uniting the way we access some of the various internet applications out there. WebAPI is intended to make Web-based applications compete better with native apps. B2G (Boot to Gecko) is being developed as a complete, standalone operating system for the open Web with attention on mobile devices.
B2G is competing with Google Chrome OS a bit, but they are also both efforts at making advanced apps (not only basic) run smoothly on the Web. Both OS are trying to use Android’s “intents”, which allows an App to grab something from another App, like YouTubeApp pulling a video from the phone’s gallery. B2G will uniquely boot from Android drivers, and be released in “real-time,” new features added immediately, making a rapid release cycle. Mozilla has many challenges ahead (especially security and data usage), but it seems to going in a positive direction. Even Microsoft (who may lose market share with WebApps) is developing browser IE10 to be WebApp friendly. That must be a good sign.