Adobe Systems will boost its strategy of helping developers and users create desktop and Web applications that share a similar user experience at its Adobe MAX user conference in Chicago this week.
Adobe announced Monday the acquisition of Virtual Ubiquity, the maker of a Web-based, multiuser word processor called Buzzword. Adobe also spun out the beta of a new service called Share that allows users to share and work on documents together online, as well as publish them to wikis or Web pages.
The multimedia software maker will also make the first beta of its upcoming Adobe Media Player available for public download at its Adobe Labs site, while announcing partnerships with a slew of content developers it hopes will drive demand for the free desktop product.
The final version of Adobe Media Player, originally scheduled for release by March of 2008, is now scheduled to ship sometime before July of that year, according to Jen Taylor, group product manager for Flash at Adobe.