Adobe’s just released Apollo into the wild (albeit in Alpha form). In a nutshell, Apollo let’s you build cross-OS desktop applications using a cocktail of Ajax, Flash, JavaScript & HTML. Be sure to check out the sample applications. (Via Ajaxian)

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I have visited their website and i have also downloaded Apollo. I have tested it with Finetune’s desktop application. So far it works really smooth. What I don’t quite understands the difference between an apollo aplication and a widget.

Widget is a term for mini applications built and deployed on a variety of platforms. Microsoft has their Vista gadgets, Mac Os X has their widgets, and there are a number of 3rd party platforms out there as well (SpringWidgets for example). Apollo is not a widget platform. It’s a cross-Os application platform. Sure, you could use it to build a widget-like application, but there’s nothing stopping you from making full-fledged apps. Another nice thing about it (well someday, not in the current Alpha release) is the ability to install the Apollo runtime environment on-the-fly, so that your app will work even if the user doesn’t have the runtime yet. Go Apollo.

Widget is a term for mini applications built and deployed on a variety of platforms. Microsoft has their Vista gadgets, Mac Os X has their widgets, and there are a number of 3rd party platforms out there as well (SpringWidgets for example). Apollo is not a widget platform. It’s a cross-Os application platform. Sure, you could use it to build a widget-like application, but there’s nothing stopping you from making full-fledged apps. Another nice thing about it (well someday, not in the current Alpha release) is the ability to install the Apollo runtime environment on-the-fly, so that your app will work even if the user doesn’t have the runtime yet. Go Apollo.

I have visited their website and i have also downloaded Apollo. I have tested it with Finetune’s desktop application. So far it works really smooth. What I don’t quite understands the difference between an apollo aplication and a widget.