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Adobe Donates Flex Platform to Apache Software Foundation

Keeping in line with its decision to abandon Flash, Adobe has announced it has donated its Flash based Flex platform to the Apache Software Foundation to run it as an independent project.

The company had announced that it although it would continue to support Flash and Flash based products by offering security updates, it would no longer waste its time doing development work on Flash.

Instead, the company now plans to integrate its portfolio around HTML 5, which was propped up as a Flash killer by the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

"In the long-term, we believe HTML5 will be the best technology for enterprise application development. We also know that, currently, Flex has clear benefits for large-scale client projects typically associated with desktop application profiles," the company stated in a blog post, as reported (opens in new tab) by ComputerWeekly.

"Given our experiences innovating on Flex, we are extremely well positioned to positively contribute to the advancement of HTML5 development, starting with mobile applications," it added.

Flex is an SDK (Software Development Kit) which comes with a compiler and its own libraries that allow developers to create Flash based Rich Internet Applications.

Now, the ASF will vote on whether to include Flex among its many projects.