It has been such a shame for Adobe since last year it admitted to cease the development of Flash Player for mobile equipments. However, it does not necessarily mean that the company has completely given up this rich media network format which has been considered ubiquity for a long time. Recently Adobe announced the new Flash roadmap file for runtimes, which lists the prior development projects and reveals the way how to continue and support Flash.
The future vulnerability repair and development will focus on two key areas: game and high quality video deploy. Due to its huge ubiquity, Adobe wants to see the situation that Flash is able to maintain its leading position in online games, and to support the developers through official game development plan and a set of game services. As for video, it’s Adobe’s commitment to work closely with hardware partners, and to provide video streaming and content protection technology to more platforms with local format.
Adobe promises to release Flash Player 11.2 in the first quarter of 2012, adding the support to mouse right-click and middle-click. Moreover, Adobe is planning to launch Flash Player “Cyril” in the second quarter of 2012 and “Dolores” in the second half of 2012. Although Cyril and Dolores aim just to increase the updates of product game function, Adobe has finished the regulation completely for Flash Player “Next”, which will be released sometime in the next year.
The platform support will be shrinking after the release of Flash Player 11.2, and Adobe then will stop the direct download of Linux version Flash browser plug-in. Alternatively, Adobe leads customers to use Google Chrome, which has Flash playback function integrated in default. Adobe cares Windows 8 very much as well, but as the operating system can be run on a variety of configurations, the Flash support configuration and time are unknown yet.
As for mobile field, the roadmap reminds us Flash Player 11.1 will be the last version with mobile equipment support, Adobe will afterwards only release the updates regarding vulnerability repair or security issues.