Adobe AIR now installed over 200 million times

During the Flash Camp Keynote in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch mentioned that AIR reached over 200 million installs. We’ve gotten some questions from developers about that number, so this is a quick post to confirm that as of June 1, 2009, AIR has been installed on over 200 million desktop computers worldwide.

With 100 million installs in the first 10 months of availability, and 200 million in just 16 months the rate of adoption continues to accelerate as more applications are developed and come to market.

The application built by Adobe and provided with Adobe Reader continues to be one of the most popular applications. Many of the early adopters like TweetDeck and eBay Desktop continue to be broadly used and we’re seeing many new applications that are gaining popularity including:

In addition to those large brands, we’re excited by the smaller companies that are achieving incredible reach with their applications. Seesmic Desktop now says they are getting about 10,000 downloads a day driven by their integration with Facebook and Twitter.

It’s also exciting to see enterprises widely adopting Adobe AIR. So far, these applications aren’t driving as many installs of the runtime as the media and social applications, but they are helping to confirm the reach the Flash Platform has established in the enterprise. We’ve recently talked about the improved integration with Salesforce, seen Oracle using Adobe AIR to deliver CRM widgets , and discovered that SAP xCelsius provides support for AIR. We’re also starting to see ISVs deliver applications to the enterprise on Adobe AIR:

And finally, for folks who have asked how AIR is gaining traction in the government, I want to share one of my favorite apps. The Finance Ministry in Poland built an AIR application to assist their citizens in filing their income taxes.

11 Responses to Adobe AIR now installed over 200 million times

  1. Russ says:

    Hands up anyone whos actually aware they’ve installed it, i doubt you’ll see 200 million hands go up.

  2. Andrew says:

    Congrats team AIR!

  3. Erik Larson says:

    Nice job, and thank you for AIR, it is a great way for our customers to use (and I love TweetDeck). And @Russ, I see this comment fairly frequently, but if you are an app developer, it seems to matter less if people know AIR is there (do they know if a particular sound driver installed? does it really matter?), it mostly matters that they have what they need to run your app, and that it is easy to install if not. These numbers are proof points for both.

  4. Chris says:

    I agree with Russ on this one. While this is certainly a huge milestone, your methodology for achieving it is suspect. It is bundled with Reader 9, along with some other bloatware, and most folks I know have no idea they have it on their system. I’d like to know the number of downloads you have WITHOUT bundling it.

  5. Lane says:

    Its easy to reach 200 million when entire agencies, like the one I work at where computers outnumber people, upgrade to Reader 9 and get Air with it. 200 million installs is not the same as 200 million users.
    It’s like a cellphone company saying they can now service 5 billion people. What’s the point if only a small percentage are actually buying/using? Adobe is getting as bad as the rest, Apple, MS in digging their claws into every bit of my system and bloating it all to heck.

  6. @Lane, @Chris, @Russ: Keep in mind, that a developer doesn’t care how AIR was delivered, they just want to know whether it’s available for their application. In our post about 100 million installs, we mentioned that about 30 million of the installs were from applications — we’re still seeing about 30% of installs coming directly from badge installs (vs. bundled applications). So that’s a minimum for number of people who have installed an application other than through an Adobe aplication. But there may be many more because AIR is not installed again (and our metric doesn’t go up) when someone installs a second or third application. So the upper bound on non-Adobe applications was just over 200 million, and the lower bound was about 60 million. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a way to collect more precise data within those bounds.

    @Lane: Unless an application is using it, AIR isn’t running. We’ve also made the AIR small to minimize use of disk space.

  7. fusionteam says:

    I think it’s great technology and great to see that the product penetration is there. 200 million installs in 16 months is great numbers. I agree with @Adrian Ludwig, who cares how AIR is delivered? Most day to day end users probably don’t care, but love using the solutions built using AIR. Keep going Adobe!

  8. FlashLover says:

    That’s awesome!!! Congrats AIR Team!
    Flash Platform Rocks!

  9. Mark StClair says:

    The Independent (UK broadsheet newspaper) has teamed up with newzdog and launched a AIR application

  10. wguru says:

    If ‘air does support Windows 7, then why doesn’t it seem that adobe is aware of it, ie; an adobe air FAQ states ‘air supports XPH and previous platforms’, ref. “What operating systems does Adobe AIR run on?” as currently seen at
    And/or why won’t adobe respond to suggestions to either update that FAQ or explain why they won’t/don’t?

  11. Jason says:

    200 million??
    Does that include the ones that get Reinstalled with each update?
    Lets count them…
    1) Install Adobe Reader (Air gets installed)…uninstall Adobe Air.
    2) Install Adobe Reader Update (Air installs again)…uninstall Adobe Air.
    3) Repeat…

    IMO, the number is closer to 25 million…plus the 175 millions that have uninstalled it

    Hey, Ive got an idea!… Lets shrink down the file size and installation time (not to mention the bandwidth usage and application writer’s time) and release Adobe Reader X – Vanilla.
    Just plain ol’ Adobe Reader…no Adobe Download Manager, no Adobe Air, no Acrobat.Com, no bells & whistles that the majority of users dont utilize anyway.

    I mean, its free, right? why put all this “bloatware” in it?