Adobe officially releases Flash Player 10.1

Adobe’s Flash Player may be getting little love from Steve Jobs and the iPhone, but the company is still perfectly happy to serve up a new update for Mac users.

On Thursday, Adobe announced the public arrival of Flash Player 10.1, now out of beta and ready to be downloaded onto the Mac of your choice. This most recent update officially patches the “critical vulnerability” found in earlier versions of the player that could cause system crashes and remote entry by attackers.

This new version, however, does not contain the much-anticipated ability to use hardware to decode H.264 video feeds. For that, Mac users will still need to turn to the upcoming “Gala” update, which is still only available as a preview release.

Flash Player 10.1 is a 7.44MB download available from Adobe’s Website for Macs running OS 10.4 or later.

Updated at 3:00PT with clarification of the missing hardware acceleration feature.

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