Adobe Air 2 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software are now available as beta downloads from Adobe Labs for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
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Air, Adobe's internet application platform, enables web developers to create feature-rich internet applications. It is used in the BBC iPlayer.
Air 2 builds on Air's support for rich internet applications, providing applications with access to mass storage devices and native application processes, as well as peer-to-peer and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) networking for communications over the internet.
Adobe said Flash Player 10.1 is the first browser runtime release of the Open Screen Project, which means if offers enables web applications, Flash content and high definition videos to run across desktop PCs and portable devices. It supports HTTP streaming and content protection through Adobe Flash Access 2.0.
Flash Player 10.1 can use hardware decoding of H.264 video on Windows PCs, netbooks and mobile devices to conserve battery life and improve video playback.