AIR, Flash and Self-Fulfilling Prophesies
Yesterday I mentioned in passing my bet with Mike Shaver that Adobe will deliver AIR as part of a new Flash version at some point during the year. So naturally I speed-dialed my accountant when I saw the following on Ajaxian this morning:
Unfortunately, when I went to grab the link and milk it for maximum gloating potential, it had been amended:
Why do I have a funny feeling I know who started that rumor? (I should mention that the bet specifically mentioned a contingency where Adobe would provide an AIR stub in Flash that would download the rest of the runtime when needed, which would mitigate the footprint issue that Rob cites. I’m not ready to make a down payment on a new apartment just yet, but I remain hopeful.)
Update: In the comments, Enefekt points out the Adobe has a pretty convincing deployment story already. I’m not sure whether this qualifies as “providing an AIR stub in Flash”, but I hope it does, because with this solution in place I’m not sure that Adobe will feel the need to integrate the AIR runtime more deeply into Flash.
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