The technology allows Internet applications to be run without the need for an active connection, as well as facilitating development on platforms such as Microsoft’s Java and .NET, as noted by Adobe.
Developers can download the technology for free from the Adobe Labs site. This version includes a free development kit that includes a set of command line utilities for developing and running Apollo applications. Web developers can use any IDE of their choice to create applications for the runtime environment.
As with Flash Player, Apollo is a runtime environment, except that in this case it has been created using standard Internet development technologies such as HTML, Flash and AJAX, which also do not require an active Internet connection.