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by Mike Zazaian October 25, 2006 - 3:56pm, 4 Comments

A screenshot of Adobe's Apollo running a web-based travel application

Adobe announced Tuesday that it will allocate nearly $100 million toward development and promotion of Apollo, a program that allows users to run web-based applications from the desktop without using a browser.

The company announced at the Adobe Max developer conference in Las Vegas that it has earmarked over $100 million for third-party software start-ups over the next three to five years. A substantial portion of that will accommodate the development and marketing of Apollo, which Adobe describes as a downloadable player for running programs written in flash, html, javascript and other web languages on Windows, Mac and Linux. In short — Apollo brings the Internet to the desktop. Said Peter O’Kelly, an analyst at the Burton Group:

Everyone is rushing in the same direction, which is to reduce the barriers between a Web page, an application and multimedia content.

The primary function of Apollo will be to enable users to run their favorite web applications and websites from the desktop without an immediate internet connection. Users will be able to run web applications offline, and Apollo will automatically post their work or changes within that application to the web once an internet connection becomes available.

A screenshot of Adobe's Apollo running an iTunes-like media player

In addition Web applications will gain more of the look and feel of conventional software applications. Each web program will have its own desktop icon, and will otherwise be installed or uninstalled in the same way that any other software would be. For example, users running Windows would use the same add/remove programs interface in the control panel that they would if they were installing Quicken or Microsoft Word. said Kevin Lynch, chief software architect and senior vice president of Adobe’s platform business unit:

As people start using Web applications more, and they become part of your daily life, they should be first-class citizens on your computer.

Adobe is still in the development stages of Apollo, but hopes to have a version of the software available to consumers some time in the first half of 2007.

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