Today the public beta of AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) goes live, ending the alpha chapter of its life as Apollo. As has been previously mentioned, the technology allows web developers to use their existing kung-fu to create applications with all the behavior and most of the abilities of traditional desktop apps. Adobe has a gallery of sample AIR applications online, of which the Yahoo-powered MapCache we’re playing with is particularly entertaining. Hopefully in the coming months we’ll see this ecosystem grow, if for no other reason than to update our Facebook profiles from the airplane.
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