The latest version of the Flash Player has finally gone gold, and offers those capable of running it some pretty nice enhancements over previous releases.

As reported over on DownloadSquad, Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1 to the masses, which brings hardware acceleration to the platform - finally offering systems with the relevant hardware an way to increase the performance of Flash playback and to take some of the load away from the system's CPU.

That's not all that Flash Player 10.1 brings, though: in response to some of Apple's concerns about Flash as a viable rich-media delivery system for future browsing platforms Adobe has added full support for multi-touch displays - although individual developers will still be required to make their Flash apps understand what to do with multi-touch input. Accelerometer support - which would be ideal for use on the iPad if only Apple and Adobe would kiss and make up - is also included in this release.

The feature which might interest some more than others is the announcement that Flash Player 10.1 is designed to play nicer with browsers' private browsing modes - previously, Flash Player would keep its own cache and history intact despite the main browser being in private browsing mode, but now Flash Player will detect the mode of the browser and obey its current settings.

The full release of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is available to download now, while Chrome users can expect Google to update the in-built Flash plugin in certain versions of Chrome over the next few days.

Do you think this latest release shows that Apple is wrong to dismiss Flash as irrelevant for platforms such as the iPad, or is the software still too resource-hungry and buggy for you to want to cheer it on? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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