Adobe Systems is prying open its ubiquitous Flash media player to improve interoperability with the increasingly popular Firefox browser.
Adobe announced Tuesday it has released source code for the ActonScript Virtual Machine scripting language engine used in Flash Player to the Mozilla Foundation under Project Tamarin. Mozilla is to administer the project.
Adobe claims more than 700 million internet-connected PCs and mobile devices run its Flash Player, which received a major update this summer. Flash Player 9.0 features improvements in start-up times, memory utilization, and debugging and error reporting to attract developers and users.
Coupled with the growing market share for Firefox, Adobe was compelled to open its Flash source code and work with Mozilla to at least stay relevant to the market. Integration at the code level is expected to improve compatibility and stability with Firefox.®