"Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that enables you to use your existing HTML/Ajax, Flex, or Flash web development skills and tools to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop."
The web has always been a horrible and limited application platform and environment. What I was trying to do with my NewIO project was to lead the desktop developers to the Internet, bypassing the web.
However what appears to be happening is the opposite: The web developers are breaking out to the dekstop.
The nightmare of the whole thing is that the instead of the nice desktop development environments being used to create Internet applications, we are ending up with the opposite: the horrible web
development environments being used to create desktop apps.
I get depressed if I think too much about it.