Apollo Is Here

Apollo, Adobe’s platform for running Flash/Flex, PDF and HTML/AJAX outstide of that gosh-darn browser is here (albeit in Alpha form). Ryan Stewart and many others are talking about it today.
It’s an exciting time for both developers and interaction designers. That wall between stuff you “visit” and use on the Web and stuff you download, install and run on your desktop, is about to go away. Microsoft’s coming at us with WPF (and its little brother WPF/E) and Adobe’s got all sorts of plans with Apollo.
The kicker for Apollo is that it will run across OS’s and will allow developers to quickly and easily migrate existing web and Flash/Flex apps to the desktop. More broadly speaking, this is part of a hole trend away from page-after-page and towards a sort of widget-ification of interfaces. Smaller, bite-size pieces of content and functionality. Portals sort of do that today. But they’re still mostly confined to the walls of your browser.
Well, not no more. The browser is finally letting go. All told, it’s an exciting time where we may well be at the cusp of something new and exciting.

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