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Up till now there have been two main types of applications: desktop applications such as Microsoft Word and Internet applications. Adobe adds a hybrid model with Adobe AIR that combines the rich experience of a traditional desktop application with the power and reach of the Internet. Breaking out of the Web Browser with Adobe AIR provides information necessary to build well-architected Desktop applications using this new technology. AIR builds on the tremendous success of the Adobe flash platform and includes a series of Application Programming Interfaces that allow Adobe Flex and Flash developers to leverage their exiting knowledge to generate desktop applications that harness the tremendous power of the Internet.