Adobe's Flash Player now comes in a 64-bit flavour, dubbed 'Square,' for all operating systems.
Reports of the demise of the 64-bit edition of Adobe's Flash Player, removed
from the website back in June, may have been premature: Adobe has just launched a new Flash Player version with full 64-bit support across all operating systems.
Unlike the previous release, which was limited to Linux platforms, the new Flash Player supports 64-bit browsers on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, replacing the original Linux-only version with one that Adobe's Paul Betlam claims should be "even faster and more reliable
The new Flash Player, dubbed "Square
," is also designed to take advantage of the GPU offload capabilities built into the recently released Internet Explorer 9 Beta. Betlam claims that by using the GPU, testing of Square has revealed "significant improvements in Flash Player graphics performance - exceeding 35 per cent in Internet Explorer 9 Beta compared to Flash Player running in previous versions of IE.
While Betlam states that the version of Square currently up for download should be pretty stable and is ready for broad testing, he warns that "this a sneak peak and not everything will be fully baked.
" Users that encounter issues are encouraged to submit a bug report to Adobe's public database
All Square versions are available for download now from Adobe's Labs site
Will you be trying out the new, shiny, 64-bit enabled Flash, or has Adobe already lost you to the new world of HTML 5 - or even Microsoft's rival Silverlight? Share your thoughts over in the forums