Firefox 3 to be an "Information Broker"

Mozilla designer, Alex Faaborg, has recently written an entry that explains how Firefox 3 might be able to use Microformats which will allow Firefox able to connect the browser with all sorts of applications on your computer, in a similar way to what we have today with the different media players. Alex says:

“Much in the same way that operating systems currently associate particular file types with specific applications, future Web browsers are likely going to associate semantically marked up data you encounter on the Web with specific applications, either on your system or online. This means the contact information you see on a Web site will be associated with your favorite contacts application, events will be associated with your favorite calendar application, locations will be associated with your favorite mapping application, phone numbers will be associated with your favorite VOIP application, etc.”

Here is an image from Mozilla that exemplifies what they will try to achieve with Microformats:

This only helps to confirm that the web browser will continue to have an increasing importance in our lives and the way that we interact with machines. Who knows, maybe the future isn’t about Operative Systems, but rather about the browser you use.

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