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Adobe Systems on Monday is expected to release an early version of Apollo, software that will let people run Web applications online and offline.
The first release is an "alpha" version, with a beta due sometime this summer. Version 1.0 is planned for the second half of this year.
The early version of Apollo is aimed primarily at Web designers and programmers. The free download will include a software development kit and the "runtime" software for running Apollo applications.
Adobe to Offer a Peek at Apollo, Web App Software [news.com.com]
Like Web 2.0 that stuff is not new, but the wrapping makes the gift! IMHO has Apollo the potential to create Web 3.0 in terms of information flow and structure!
A desktop with hundreds of thousands of applications that works on any hardware and that is fast? Sounds better than Vista :)
The ebay desktop looks pretty impressive and if they give me:
a) Office suite (compatible with MS Office)
b) Browser, email client, etc.
c) A bunch of neat tools
I would work in that environment!
Please have a look here :
Personally, I believe that, once it becomes totally available, developers will jump on this new technology.
But in my opinion, the market size will be quite limited for this kind of applications because, practically speaking, I doubt that normal users will want to install many programs on their computer when they can simply use their browser as they've always done until now.
So I think it will remain a niche market and that web designers won't really need to learn how to use it.
What's your opinion?
[edited by: encyclo at 8:08 pm (utc) on Mar. 20, 2007]
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once it becomes totally available, developers will jump on this new technology
Yes and no. It has already been available in the form of JSON/AJAX/Web2.0/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. Has it been embraced? Sure. By the masses? Not yet. Will developers decide to purchase a software product which requires a user to install yet another local application in order to run what we can do today with a web browser?