Mozilla has revealed the first build of an ambitious attempt to create a Web app store that allows you to purchase and download apps that work across different browsers, whether you are on the desktop or mobile.
This shouldn't be confused with the app stores Apple and Android offer, which require you to download a program or game and use or play it offline. Instead, this a directory of apps hosted on Web servers that all require an Internet connection to use.
You're probably thinking these apps don't sound very different to just using a website, and you'd be right. What is new is the creation of a store where you can browse all of the available apps, and a dashboard where you can manage them. Click on the links to try it out.
Mozilla's work is similar to the Google Chrome app store, where you'll be able to buy and download Web apps through the browser, including big-name games. But Mozilla's way is different as you don't need its own browser to use it.
In essence, Mozilla is trying to standardise the concept of a traditional app store, creating something that works on all platforms. Whether it works is open to question, but we'll keep a careful eye on it.