Yesterday Adobe announced the availability of “Square” – their native 64-bit Flash Player for all major desktop operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux.
As well as the native 64-bit support, Adobe has been collaborating with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team to take advantage of the hardware-accelerated graphics capabilities in the newest version of IE. Apparently Adobe’s engineers have seen the Flash Player performance improve by over 35% compared to Flash Player running in previous versions of IE.
Expect to find the greatest performance benefits when using bitmap heavy content. Flash content embedded as transparent (wmode=”transparent”) will also run more efficiently with the HTML and Flash composition being offloaded to the GPU.
It’s currently in beta but if you are using a 64-bit browser and would like to test your existing Flash content for compatibility and stability then head over to Adobe Labs.