I think it was about time that Adobe created a flash media player for the desktops. In a sense, Adobe has the advantage of releasing the Apollo runtime player in different platforms. Also, they will not force people to place any proprietary logos onto their players. This gives me more incentive to learn Apollo and create applications with it. (Our usergroup is looking into creating a workshop dedicated on Apollo.) Very interesting!
In my opinion, Microsoft’s player is still Windows dependent, with a heavier download into our systems. I doubt they will attract any Apple or Linux users out there. (Okay, so I am biased! I might have a peek at it. This is my message to Microsoft, “How can you convince me when there is a big push for Flash developers out there?”)