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March 19, 2007

Adobe alphas Apollo – Web apps on the desktop

Posted by David Hunter at 2:32 PM ET.

Last night at midnight, Adobe released a public alpha version of it’s forthcoming Apollo application environment:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that the first public alpha version of Apollo is now available for developers on Adobe Labs. Apollo is the code name for a cross-operating system application runtime that allows web developers to leverage their existing skills in HTML, JavaScript and Ajax, as well as Adobe® Flash® and Adobe Flex™ software to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop. Apollo combines the reach of Internet technologies with the richness of desktop applications, working seamlessly across operating systems and outside the browser to deliver a more consistent and engaging user experience. The alpha version of the Apollo application runtime and the Apollo Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) can be downloaded for free from

A beta is due sometime this summer and Version 1.0 is planned for the second half of this year.

Beside the fact that Adobe is a fearsome competitor in the Web application development space (think Dreamweaver and Flash), Apollo is important in that it provides more robust Web applications that escape the browser to provide user interfaces equivalent to desktop apps and are also able to work while disconnected from the Web. If you’re itching to give Apollo a try, See this post by Ryan Stewart which gives more details and some demo apps and the list of best Apollo demos at Techcrunch.

So how does Microsoft play? Good question since while Microsoft is willing to support spiffier Web apps with AJAX and the WPF/E “Flash killer,” they love the mantra that Web apps can’t really compare to desktop applications like Office where they make lots of money.

Filed under AJAX, Adobe, Coopetition, Microsoft, Silverlight, Technologies

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One Response to “Adobe alphas Apollo – Web apps on the desktop”

  1. Adobe’s Apollo betas as AIR -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Adobe’s Apollo environment for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) was released as a beta today and formally named the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR): Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system application runtime that allows developers to use HTML/CSS, Ajax, Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex to extend rich Internet applications to the desktop. Key elements of Adobe AIR are open source, including the WebKit HTML engine, the ActionScript Virtual Machine (Tamarin project) and SQLite local database functionality. [...]

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