Friday, July 18, 2008

ebay desktop hits 1 million downloads!

Today it was announced that eBay desktop reached 1 million downloads.  Mike Potter from Adobe, who had the initial idea for the application and got us involved, wrote a great summary of it on his blog, which I've reprinted here:

"Earlier this week the eBay desktop was downloaded for the 1 millionth time. That's a great accomplishment for one of the first AIR apps that's been developed.

That application was originally built by a summer intern of mine, Charles Bihis, who is now working at Adobe in Seattle. He developed the initial AS 3 APIs and a very earlly alpha version of eBay Desktop. The team at effectiveUI took the project on after a conversation I had with them in a bus in San Francisco after the first Adobe component developer summit run by Ted Patrick. They're the ones who have made it look so great and added most of the functionality that it has today.

Congrats Alan on the great success. The project would be dead without your great support."

What a great testament to the success of AIR and the power of user experience.  eBay invested a lot of time, effort and money in user testing and getting user feedback, and as a result it continues to be one of the most successful applications I've ever been a part of.  Congrats to eBay for investing in their users!

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