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2007 to be a big year for 'Rich Internet Applications'

The following is a short description of Adobe's play for 2007 - Apollo - big news in my opinion:

"Apollo, the code name for “a cross-operating system runtime” is a platform that will allow developers to create to desktop applications using existing web development skills such as Flash, Flex, HTML, JavaScript and Ajax."

A big play indeed.

Things I heard in this TalkCrunch podcast interview by Michael Arrington and Steve Gillmor with Adobe's Chief Architect, Kevin Lynch: Cross-platform client runtime (Windows, Mac, Linux), supports Occasionally Connected Computing (OCC) scenarios and local data storage. No 'direct' revenue model - devs can use Eclipse IDE, but the strategy seems to be to have Apollo drive sales for designers ' developer tools Flex, Blaze ('better tooling support for Apollo') and media server sales and to drive end user adoption of other Adobe products (runtime is free for end user - Flash, PDF authoring tool Acrobat). Currently in beta, Adobe might be v1.0 by July / August timeframe.

Apollo was touched on during Adobe's latest earnings conf call, Larry Dignan reports:

"Chizen told analysts to think about Apollo the same way they would characterize Adobe Reader or Flash Player, its a client that can be used to help others build unique applications and allow Adobe to sell more tools."

With the development of Adob'es Apollo and Microsoft's WPF/E and the continuing rise of Ajax, 2007 is destined to be a very interesting year for Rich Internet Applications (RIA).

Update: Amyloo found this recorded presentation by Adobe's product managers introducing Apollo.


JD on EP said:

Apollo commentary: There's a whole bunch of TechMeme attention to Apollo today, as Michael Arrington interviews Kevin Lynch (audio, 37 minutes). I haven't listened to it and can't yet summarize, but see Alex Barnett for a solid synopsis. There are new

# December 16, 2006 3:13 PM

TrackBack said:

As Alex Barnett says, 2007 is going to be a big year for Rich Internet Applications
# December 16, 2006 6:11 PM

TrackBack said:

# December 16, 2006 7:15 PM

TrackBack said:

Today Michael Arrington covers Apollo, the Adobe runtime which supports web applications on the desktop, on both TechCrunch and in an
# December 17, 2006 1:34 AM blog said:

It's only mid November and I've found plenty of opinions already predicting 2007 trends for the

# December 20, 2006 10:23 AM blog said:

Richard MacManus et al have published their web predictions for 2007 (prompting me to update the list

# December 20, 2006 11:49 AM

TrackBack said:

While the initial focus of Apollo sample apps is very consumer oriented (e.g. E-Bay client or MP3 Player) I have been contemplating...
# January 1, 2007 3:34 PM