Making it official: the next major release of Flash Player is codenamed “Astro”

In the category of “better late than never,” JD stopped by the other day to tell me that Ted Patrick debuted the codename of the next major release of Flash Player on his blog. And that I had left Ted hanging by not providing a solid, reference-able source for that detail out on the web.

“Good point”, I said. Then promptly forgot to deal with it in the flurry of the standard daily Flash Player activities. Since the community is eager to see what we will show at MAX, and is already starting to talk about it, I wanted to make sure that I publicly confirmed that the codename is Astro.

We’ve obviously been hard at work since Flash Player 9 released in June 2006 (seems soooooo long ago). Tamarin was open sourced in November, the Linux player was released in January. We added support for Intel Macs and Vista. We rolled out full screen mode. And of course, the latest Flash Player 9 “Moviestar” beta has delivered H.264 and AAC support, along with performance enhancements and other useful bits. All these things make the time fly by.

But now it’s time to start focusing on life after “Moviestar,” and we have more bunnies to pull out of our hats. Our platform has been behind some of the most creative content on the web since Flash first hit the web over ten years ago, and we intend to continue delivering the capabilities you need to deliver on the fresh, innovative, and mind-blowing ideas that you all have floating around in your heads. More on that…at Adobe MAX 2007. Come and check out what we’re thinking about for Astro and beyond!