Thursday, March 1st, 2007
Ben and I were also there and enjoyed being able to get a glimpse of what Apollo will have to offer.
Today was the day of a dive into the tech itself instead of a bunch of demos (some cool, many not actually using Apollo though!).
One thing is very interesting. As we look at the convergence of the web and the desktop (from both directions) we now see the Apollo 1.0 is very much Web+ rather than Desktop-.
This means that Apollo really is aiming to get web development just a bit further onto desktops via features such as being able to launch apps, offline support, file storage, etc. These features mean that you will have less and less of a reason to go for the full desktop approach.
This also means that there are plenty of applications that will probably require you to go for a full desktop application platform.
Apollo is not released, and there are still discussions on which features will be in there for us. Do you think they should go with the Java-like approach and abstract above the native platform so that you apps work everywhere? Or should we be allowed to get down and dirty and do native interactions if you need too?
Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:00 am