While this has allowed many web developers to reuse their skills by creating desktop applications, AIR has been criticized for some of its grave flaws: first, that AIR applications use an inordinate amount of memory. Second, that AIR applications were unable to launch native applications or open documents with their associated programs; a rather severe limitation.
Adobe AIR 2.0 will now introduce further optimizations, will introduce the ability to launch native application, and open files with their associated programs!
Since AIR 2.0 will build on Flash 10.1, it will also bring along all the features that the 10.1 version of the player offers.
AIR 2.0 new / improved features:
A beta of Adobe AIR 2.0 is expected by the end of this year, with a final release in the first half of 2010. As with the previous version of AIR, it is expected that the feature set will improve over time, however, even with these announcements we can expect a wave of new and improved desktop applications built using AIR.