This digital download storefront is different
Mozilla has just joined in the game of digital download storefronts. The Mozilla Marketplace – which happens to look a lot like the Google Play Store on Google TV – gives users a one-stop shop for all sorts of Web-based apps, games, and everything you could want to do in the comfort of your Firefox browser. It just launched, so it remains a work in progress.
Even though it is just an early version, it is already fully compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it’s designed to give users the same point-and-click ease of use as the App Store or Google Play, or to be even more relevant, Google’s Chrome Web Store. So far there are fewer than 200 apps, but obviously Mozilla expects that number to grow rapidly as consumer and developer interest increases.
The Chrome Web Store is different than the Mozilla Marketplace, which actually treats its apps as desktop applications. Each app is given the same treatment as a regular computer program, which means it can be launched from the Menu or given its own desktop icon. It’s more of an extension of your operating system than your browser. But it forces you to Login with a Browser ID account in order to browse the Mozilla Marketplace, not like the Chrome Web Store that only requires you to use your gmail account and allows you to browse the store without logging in.
I am curious to get your reaction of the Mozilla MarketplaceMozilla Marketplace experience.