Adobe Systems on Monday released 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.
Apollo is designed to bridge the world of Web applications and desktop computers. Applications written for Apollo function like normal Web applications but act like locally installed software. For example, Apollo applications will have an icon that shows up on a computer desktop and will be able to automatically reconnect when a computer gets online.
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