Among some of the features we find in Rich Internet Applications are:
* Searchability: Although RIAs present indexing challenges to search engines, Flash content is starting now to be at least partially indexable.
* Complexity of advanced solutions typically reduces in RIAs compared to traditional application software
* Consistency of user interface and experience becomes controllable across operating systems
* Installation and maintenance of plug-ins, sandboxes or virtual machines, though required, make applications smaller than their predecessors and typically allow automated updates.
* Offline use is also possible by retaining state locally on the client machine
* Security can improve over that of application software through use of sandboxes and automatic updates
* Performance can improve by using a wider range of controls to improve users’ interaction with the interface, allowing efficient interactions, better error-management, feedback and overall user experience.
* Richness by way of features not supported natively by the web browser, such as video capture, drag and drop, using a slider to change data, calculations performed by the client, etc.
Rich Internet Applications are being used for mobile applications, as well as in online gaming and applications which require access to video capture, although their possibilities are endless. However, RIAs are much more difficult to design than either websites or desktop applications. The richer interaction requires a better understanding of users and of human-computer interaction as well as a technological prowess that although is not quite readily available in today’s market, it will undoubtedly be in the no-so-distant future.