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SproutCore creates web applications that behave like Desktop apps: enabling drag-and-drop, click-and-drag, and keyboard shortcuts, says MacRumors.
It also acts as an alternative to Adobe's Flash player. Unlike Flash, SproutCore-based apps operate on any up-to-date web browser without a plugin.
Last March, Steve Jobs stated the company has no plans to bring Flash to the iPhone. Arguing Flash would slow applications down, Steve alluded to a "missing product in the middle" that would behave like Flash, without the setbacks.
Once iPhone's SDK went live, Adobe nonetheless announced it would launch an iPhone-ready Flash client. It also closed a deal to bring Flash to the Windows Mobile OS, a move relaying Adobe's confidence in Flash's ability to perform on mobile units.
Apple's .Mac Web Gallery and MobileMe suite were built on the SproutCore framework.