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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR is well-suited for a developer who is already familiar with Flash and AS3. It is well-suited for 2D app development using Starling or another third-party graphics library. However, to be used appropriately and avoid errors and poor performance, a basic understanding of programming principles is needed, so it's not great for a designer who hasn't studied a lot of coding.
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Microsoft Silverlight

We use it for almost all kinds of applications. It's not important if the app is small or big. It's good for DB connections, SOA architecture, office files transformations. The good thing is that it's client side, so we don't have to waste our server resources but can use the client's computer for business and visualization layer.
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Pros

Adobe AIR

  • Easy to develop for, skills for programs such as Adobe Animate and basic backend translate well to the program.
  • Stable across multiple different platforms.
  • Can get a working prototype really quickly
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Microsoft Silverlight

  • Easy to implement
  • No need for additional frameworks on client side
  • Out of browser capabilities
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Cons

Adobe AIR

  • Adobe Air applications are taxing on a user's CPU, especially considering how simple a lot of the apps are.
  • Updating and installing Air based applications is very user unfriendly, often asks for updates that are aggressively pushed to the front of the user.
  • As HTML 5 has gotten more and more sophisticated, for basic things a lot of times browser-based apps make a lot more sense.
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Microsoft Silverlight

  • Cient side office support
  • Additional controls
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Usability

Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR 7.0
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Although Adobe AIR is just an SDK without an actual "UI" it's commonly used within Flash, Flash Builder, or FlashDevelop. Considering the integration with Flash IDE, there are very few tools that can compete with its features.
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Microsoft Silverlight

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe AIR

Generally stacks up fairly negatively, program definitely has its place, I appreciate what it can allow but now most desktop apps are fine enough as browser based experiences or for personal use mobile is the way to go. Air isn't the best environment for that.
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Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight allows more adaptability and it integrates well with our products across the company. Adobe Flash crashes or doesn't work with our shipping campus.
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Return on Investment

Adobe AIR

  • It's a safe environment, great for entry-level programmers to get started and show their ideas.
  • Easy to get started, build and iterate.
  • However, at a certain point, Air applications can become unwieldy so for any serious project. We often would rather build it all outside of a middleware environment.
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Microsoft Silverlight

  • Quick development - low cost
  • Quick development - quick implementation
  • Quick development - easy for scrum development
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Pricing Details

Adobe AIR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Silverlight

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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