At the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco today, Adobe Systems announced that it has contributed source code for the ActionScript Virtual Machine, the standards-based scripting language engine in Adobe’s Flash Player, to the open-source Mozilla Foundation, which will host a new open-source project, called Tamarin, to accelerate the development of a standards-based approach for creating rich and engaging Web applications.
Said Kevin Lynch, Adobe’s chief software architect:
By working with the open-source community we are accelerating the adoption of a standard language for creating and delivering richer, more interactive experiences that work consistently across PCs and mobile devices
Even though Adobe’s Flash player will continue to work on Microsoft’s market-leading Internet Explorer browser, the seamless integration of Adobe’s ActionScript Virtual Machine into a forthcoming version of Firefox will test Microsoft’s commitment to web-based applications.
Microsoft’s Office franchise, which is about to get a refresh, represents an enormous cash cow for the company, and Microsoft probably would prefer any shift to rich, browser-based applications to occur as slowly as possible.