Apollo alpha: We have a launch
Early developer feedback is decidedly underwhelmed, however. Posting on The Ajaxian, András Bártházi writes:
And a reader names Shuan writes (sic is default):
in apollo, u have the runtime layer, and the html/flex application built on top. everything runs within that window… like a normal browser. sure, it’s called a desktop application, but really, it just takes the place of a browser.
along with wat andras said, i would like to see more integration into the desktop environment, similar to what google desktop has. taskbar icons, system popups.. something more natural to the OS.
Ryan Stewart hasn't given impressions yet, but was positive based on people he was talking to at Apollo Camp.
there’s a lot of excitement. When the bits go public, I can’t wait for the cascade of blog posts from people looking at the platform for the first time. The vibe here is very much that Apollo is charting a new course in software development. Now it’s up to the developers to help map that course.