Canonical has announced a new feature in the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) called Web Apps. These new apps allows the users to access most popular web services directly from the desktop, without having to launch a new tab in the browser.

Canonical has already produced more than 40 apps that demonstrate how it all works. An open API is also available for those wishing to develop their own apps.

Here are some examples of what users can do with Ubuntu Web Apps:

  • Launch online music site Last.FM directly from the Dash and control the music from Ubuntu’s sound menu
  • Access and launch your social media accounts (Google+, Twitter, Facebook) from the Launcher, and get native desktop notifications
  • Quickly and seamlessly upload photos to Facebook from Shotwell
  • Pause and play the video you are watching on Youtube
  • See how many unread messages you have in your GMail account, in Ubuntu’s messaging indicator

Web Apps will be available by default in Ubuntu 12.10 when it is released in October, but it will also be made available in an update to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7vF-AB7SF4

(via TechWorld)