Adobe, just like Sun Microsystems’ virtual environment
, has decided to create its own virtual environment, which they’ve named Adobe Integrated Runtime, also known as AIR.
Adobe Air lets developers build desktop apps by implementing the same the programming skills they’ve used to do work on the Internet. That way, you’ll be able to run your desktop apps with Flash, Flex, HTML, AJAX, CSS, and PDF, and enjoy all the great things they have to offer without having to run a web application.
Many apps made to run in this environment have already started sprouting up, all with great results. Everything seems to point to the fact that Abode Air will be a must-have software for any Mac user in the future.