10 Years of Flash, Adobe looks ahead(August 8, 2006)
Adobe Systems celebrates the 10th anniversary of Flash. The company is trying to make Flash more of a general-purpose application development platform, one that focuses on video delivery, applications for mobile devices, and Web applications that run outside the browser.
"Today the shift is from animations to applications," said Kevin Lynch, chief software architect and senior vice president of Adobe's platform business unit. "The community around Flash has been pushing us--and technically we've been working--to enable" Web applications.
An interesting fact is that Adobe turned down Flash (FutureSplash as it was called then) in 1996.
More about the future of Flash can be heard in an interview on news.com with Flash product manager Mike Downey.