Adobe CEO: Flash 10.1 Adoption Has Exceeded Every Other Flash Player In History

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Today during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen sat down with John Battelle to talk a bit about his company. The first thing they talked about was Apple. And despite Battelle saying he wouldn’t focus on it, it kept coming back up. But it led to Narayen revealing on interesting stat.

The amount of Flash video, despite what you might read in the press, is going through the roof,” Narayen said. He then said that Flash 10.1, the latest version, has exceeded every other Flash player in history in terms of adoption.

In other words, he’s saying that despite the attacks by Apple and HTML5, the state of the Flash ecosystem is strong.

A question the from the audience asked about the battery life issues with Flash on the Mac. Narayen would only says that if they have access to hardware acceleration, Flash is “as efficient in any tech in the world.”

Battelle asked if that meant Adobe still doesn’t have access to Mac graphics hardware. Narayen noted that it’s in beta testing. And he stated again, that when they have hardware acceleration access, Flash ranks up there with any other tech.

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