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Flash Player and Adobe Reader in a tree…

§ Tools & software

From the acquisition FAQs:

What are Adobe’s plans for Flash Player and Adobe Reader?

Our long-term plan is to develop a ‘universal client’ by combining PDF, Flash and HTML in a single, integrated runtime. Of course, we will continue delivering the Flash Player as a small, efficient runtime for content and applications on the web, and Adobe Reader for viewing and interacting with PDF documents and forms. The integration of these technologies into a unified framework creates a ubiquitous platform that runs on virtually every device, and dramatically expands the opportunities to create compelling solutions.

Now why doesn’t that fill me with joy? Although thinking about it, surely ‘a universal client combining PDF, Flash and HTML in a single, integrated runtime’ is just a browser with Flash and Reader plugins pre-installed? Why develop that over the long-term when there’s already one on everybody’s desktop?