I buy stocks in companies that have products that I understand, and most of the time products that I actually use. I tend to stay away from pharmaceutical, financial and retail stocks because I don’t understand those industries. Technology is what I know and what I invest in.
In December I bought Adobe (ADBE) in anticipation of their upcoming Apollo release. A lot of people are expecting Apollo to be as game-changing to the Desktop, as Web 2.0/Ajax technologies were to the web.
Apollo will be a widely installed operating-system neutral runtime environment, which will run Flash and Java-script applications outside of the browser. It will allow these applications to do what they already do well inside of a browser and make REST/SOAP calls to a server and redraw aspects of the GUI – all that Ajax-style stuff. In addition to just running apps outside of the browser, Apollo adds the ability for applications to:
USE LOCAL FILE STORAGE
– provide offline access by storing code locally
– improve speed and offline access by caching large amounts of data
– open/save local files
HOOK INTO THE OPERATING SYSTEM
– system tray notifications
– background processes
– drag & drop
– virtually anything that a desktop app can do which a broswer app can’t do
TechCrunch this morning, did a great job of introducing why Adobe Apollo is so important. And Ryan Stuart has some other articles about the project, which I encourage you to read:
Apollo is going to be a huge step forward towards my Desktop 2015 vision. If Apollo does takes off as I expect, a thin OS will become practical. Imagine your OS launching an Apollo desktop, rather than gnome, kde or explorer.exe.