Why do I get the feeling that if Microsoft pulled with Silverlight what Adobe has with AIR, that there would be riots in the streets. I’m referring specifically to the fact that (from what I can tell) they bundle the AIR installer in with Flash (so everyone on the internet can install it nice and easy with a single click), this then allows AIR applications to be installed that have UNRESTRICTED access to your hard drive. Now I guess these two things in isolation aren’t really an issue. I guess it’s no different to you downloading an application and installing it onto your machine. And at least they are up front about the impact (although I doubt anyone could make an informed decision based on the following):
Are my concerns unfounded? Is it impossible or even made difficult for AIR developers to stuff up these kinds of scenarios? I’d love to be proven wrong.