After heaps of media coverage, three public betas, and seven release candidates, Flash 10.1 has finally arrived in its final, production-ready iteration. The Flash 10.1 plug-in installer quietly popped up on the get.adobe.com/flashplayer page earlier today. Windows versions of the installer weigh in at about 2.5MB for Internet Explorer and other browsers.
Unless you've been living under a rock since last October, you'll know about Flash 10.1's killer feature: hardware H.264 video acceleration on Windows PCs with compatible graphics processors. The release notes for the latest release candidate list supported GPUs, which include Nvidia's GeForce and Ion lines, AMD's Radeon HDs, Intel integrated GPUs in 4-series and newer chipsets, and Broadcom Crystal HD video decoders.
Thanks to Flash 10.1, even underpowered ultraportables and some netbooks should now be able to play high-definition YouTube video. That functionality is long overdue, since hardware acceleration has been possible with other video formats for a good number of years now.
|AMD says its Vega cards will launch "over the next couple of months"||73|
|Samsung's high-end Chromebook Pro will be available May 28||18|
|GeForce 382.33 drivers are ready for a match of Tekken 7||0|
|HP upgrades Envy and Spectre x2 laptop lineups||26|
|Asus ROG Strix X370-F and B350-F mobos take wing||4|
|MSI debuts slot-powered Radeon RX 560 Aero ITX OC cards||16|
|Lian-Li PC-O12WX puts graphics cards under glass||7|
|Asus B250I Gaming brings ROG Strix bling at a lower price||17|
|Lenovo Legion Y920 is a mobile gaming beast||14|
|Generals sure. Colonels, not so much.||+20|