Rich internet applications not only make web pages more responsive to surfers, but they can also be used as more responsive desktop apps too. We've looked at the four biggest cross-platform RIAs that were launched last year to find out just how good they are.
Rich internet applications (RIAs) are enhanced web apps that are more responsive to web users than standard HTML pages. This in turn, means they can also be used as more responsive desktop applications as well.
In the past year or so, a number of cross-platform RIA technologies have been released that can double as desktop application technologies. We've looked at that accomplish this trick: Adobe Air, Curl Nitro, Google Gears and Microsoft Silverlight. I installed them all, explored them and used them for several months in the course of my work.
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