I'm using the following code to open an outlook email compose window from AIR :
var request:URLRequest=new URLRequest();
this opens the email window, but nothing in the AIR app is accessible until the outlook window is closed. the air app won't even come in front of the outlook window using by using the taskbar.
I'd just like to add that i'm seeing this behavior as well and would like an answer for it. Also, this does NOT happen on osx 10.5 with mail.app.