20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

March 10, 2008

Well I asked around and I managed to get my hands on some scuba gear so I’m prepared to dive a little deeper into my failed topic. First off a nice little definition of what I’m going to talk about.


AIR or Adobe Integrated Runtime , codenamed Apollo, is a cross-operating system runtime environment for building rich Internet applications, using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML and Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application. This is what my original post about the Ebay desktop was made from.

Taken from Wikipedia

Adobe made a public preview release of AIR (then called Apollo) along with a software development kit and extension for developing Apollo applications with the Flex framework, on March 19, 2007. On June 10, 2007, Apollo was renamed to AIR and a public beta release of the runtime was launched. Public beta 2 of AIR SDK was released on October 1, 2007. Public beta 3, was released on December 12, 2007, and version 1.0 was released on February 25, 2008. (2008-02-25)A Linux version is expected to be released in the second half of 2008


Also taken from Wikipedia

Microsoft Silverlight is a browser plugin that allows web applications to be developed with features like animation, vector graphics, and audio-video playback – features that characterize a rich internet application. Silverlight competes with products such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, Adobe Shockwave, Java FX, and Apple QuickTime. Version 2.0 brought improved interactivity and allows developers to use .NET languages and development tools when authoring Silverlight applications.

Silverlight was developed under the codename Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere (WPF/E). It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. A third-party free software implementation named Moonlight is under development to bring compatible functionality to GNU/Linux. Mobile devices, starting with Windows Mobile 6 and Symbian (Series 40 and 60) phones, will also be supported.

I did some searching around the blogs and found this post but it really didn’t give me the information that I wanted. thought this was a good quote.

There’s no arguing that AIR is highly capable, but so is Microsoft’s Silverlight. Adobe and Microsoft have entered a war of attrition, where like HD DVD vs Blu-ray one will eventually come out on top. Having said that both may well happily co-exist side by side for years to come, but history shows that eventually the market will pick a favorite.

As you can read from the descriptions above, Air and Silverlight are not exactly direct competitors. Air supports Adobe Flash and Flex which are actually the direct competitors with Silverlight. AIR is more for offline applications and for desktops while Silverlight is actually like a flash player for online applications and as mentioned in a few other place on the Internet that I have checked, there really is not point in taking this further, it’s comparing apples and apple baskets.

There is an offline application coming out for Silverlight if it is not out already. I’ll see what I can dig up on this topic later on this week.



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