From the user's perspective, AIR is similar to the Flash Player, but for a desktop instead of a browser. Immediately after users go to Adobe's site to download AIR, they are able to install and run any AIR application. AIR applications run on PCs as well as on Macs, and a run time for Linux will be available soon. Once installed, an AIR application behaves the same as any other application you have — it has an application-specific desktop and shell icons, windows and themes, and uninstallers.
If you are a Web developer, then you have probably been having a bit of a panic lately. It isn't that things are changing — change is the bread and butter of Web developers. ...