On the heels of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 beta, which is available in a 64-bit flavor for Windows 7, Adobe has released a 64-bit Flash plug-in. Dubbed Flash Player Square, this preview plug-in is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, although judging by the "features" section of the download page, Adobe is clearly targeting IE9:
- 64-bit support — Native support for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit web browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
- Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support — Enhanced support for Internet Explorer 9 Beta. It takes advantage of hardware accelerated graphics in Internet Explorer 9 Beta, utilizing hardware rendering surfaces to improve graphics performance and enable seamless composition.
Adobe goes on to note that this is a "preview release to highlight 64-bit and enhanced IE9 support in Flash Player." Interestingly, the firm adds that Flash Player Square shouldn’t be mistaken with a "’beta release’ of a specific version of Flash Player." A production-ready 64-bit Flash plug-in will be released by the middle of next year. Full IE9 support, meanwhile, will arrive when IE9 goes out of beta—no big shock there.
You can grab Flash Player Square right here on the Adobe Labs website.