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The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

As the oft-repeated story goes, in the latter half of the 1990s, Netscape co-founder Mark Andreessen boasted that Netscape would reduce Microsoft Windows to "a set of poorly debugged device drivers." What he meant, of course, was that software development would move from native operating system applications to the web. The web browser would become … Continue reading The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

Kevin Lynch: Clearing the AIR

Kevin Lynch: Clearing the AIR

Knowledge@Wharton today published an interview I did with Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch. Lynch talks in depth about the origins of Adobe's AIR platform and its potential impact on software developers, consumers, and business users. Lynch also addresses some of the issues raised by Microsoft corporate vice president Scott Guthrie in a previous interview in which … Continue reading Kevin Lynch: Clearing the AIR

Scott Guthrie on Silverlight and RIAs

Scott Guthrie on Silverlight and RIAs

At the MIX08 conference in Las Vegas I spoke with Microsoft corporate vice president Scott Guthrie about the launch of the beta of Silverlight 2 and what it means for Microsoft's foray into the arena of rich Internet applications. Guthrie talked about Silverlight's revenue model, Microsoft's commitment to cross-platform (and cross-device) development for Silverlight, and … Continue reading Scott Guthrie on Silverlight and RIAs

Pre-MIX Mishmash

MIX -- which is more or less Microsoft's version of Adobe's MAX -- is just around the corner and the rumors are flying regarding potential announcements around Microsoft's Web application strategy (or, perhaps more accurately, "strategies"). Ryan Stewart cites Michael Arrington's TechCrunch post speculating that Microsoft may announce offline capabilities for Silverlight. Stewart correctly clarifies … Continue reading Pre-MIX Mishmash

Adobe Engage 2008 and Why AIR

Adobe Engage 2008 and Why AIR

Adobe Systems yesterday hosted "Engage 2008", an event somewhere between a press presentation and a customer feedback session. As I posted yesterday, AIR and Flex 3 were officially launched the same day. Adobe also unveiled opensource.adobe.com, a Web portal for the company's open source activities both as a producer (Flex SDK, Tamarin, BlazeDS) and an … Continue reading Adobe Engage 2008 and Why AIR

Adobe Launches AIR and Flex 3

Adobe Launches AIR and Flex 3

About an hour ago (at 12:01 ET), Adobe Systems officially launched version 1.0 of its AIR platform, along with Flex version 3. AIR introduces a new method for developing cross-platform software applications that blend the characteristics of browser-based Web applications and OS-native desktop software. The AIR runtime environment and the AIR software development kit are … Continue reading Adobe Launches AIR and Flex 3