What Flash Player 10.1 means for eLearning and mLearning

You may have heard that today (11/17/09) Adobe launched public betas of Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0 on Adobe Labs.
I wanted to share my excitement about the launches, and my thoughts regarding
what these two technology milestones mean for Technical Communicators and eLearning Professionals.
 

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Why is Flash Player 10.1 unlike any previous version?

You are probably wondering why is this release such as big deal? Two reasons, namely: 1) This is the first time the same version of the Flash Player will be available across Windows, Mac, Linux, Netbooks, as well as Mobile devices.

You may recall the earlier, less powerful Flash Lite for mobile devices, Flash Player 10.1 is the next generation.

And 2) This is the first Flash Player version that comes out of the collaborative efforts of the Open Screen Project, which is an industry-wide effort, led by Adobe and which also includes close to 50 partners, including ARM, Cisco, Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, nVidia, OpenTV, Palm, Qualcomm, Verizon Wireless and others.

Singular experience, multiple devices

The vision shared by members of the Open Screen Project is simple: Enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere.

Partners in the Open Screen Project are working together to provide a consistent runtime environment for open web browsing and standalone applications — taking advantage of Adobe® Flash® Player and, in the future, Adobe® AIR®. This consistent runtime environment will remove barriers to publishing content and applications across desktops, mobile phones, televisions, and other consumer electronics.

With the explosion in the number of mobile devices, the eLearning industry has been actively exploring Mobile Learning (mLearning) and the challenges are well documented, namely the lack of a consistent runtime across multiple devices, which eLearning developers can rely on.

This is why I’m personally excited about today’s announcement and the reason I Tweeted the following:

In case you missed it, at Adobe MAX, Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash Player 10.1 running on various mobile devices. Here’s a short version of his demo:

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