In 2007, Adobe released Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, the first version released under Adobe, and the ninth major version of Flash.

It introduced the Action Script 3.0 programming language, which supported modern programming practices and enabled business applications to be developed with Flash.

Adobe AIR enables full-featured desktop and mobile applications to be developed with Flash, and published for Windows, OS X, Google Android, i OS, Xbox One, Play Station 4, Nintendo Switch, & Wii U Content-providers frequently used to use Flash to display streaming video, advertising and interactive multimedia content on web pages and on Flash-enabled software.

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The Action Script programming language allows the development of interactive animations, video games, web applications, desktop applications and mobile applications.

Programmers can implement Flash software using an IDE such as Adobe Animate, Adobe Flash Builder, Adobe Director, Flash Develop and Powerflasher FDT.

In 2000, the first major version of Action Script was developed, and released with Flash 5.

Actionscript 2.0 was released with Flash MX 2004 and supported object-oriented programming, improved UI components, and other advanced programming features.

Flash video games are popular on the Internet, with portals like Newgrounds dedicated to hosting of Flash-based games.

Popular games developed with Flash include Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Farm Ville, Adventure Quest and Machinarium.

Macromedia upgraded the Flash system significantly from 1996 to 1999, adding Movie Clips, Actions (the precursor to Action Script), Alpha transparency, and other features.

As Flash matured, Macromedia's focus shifted from marketing it as a graphics and media tool to promoting it as a Web application platform, adding scripting and data access capabilities to the player while attempting to retain its small footprint.

Adobe Flash Player (supported on Microsoft Windows, mac OS and Linux) enables end-users to view Flash content using web browsers.

Adobe Flash Lite enabled viewing Flash content on older smartphones, but has been discontinued and superseded by Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).

Adobe introduced various technologies to help build video games, including Adobe AIR (to release games for desktop or mobile platforms), Adobe Scout (to improve performance), Cross Bridge (to convert C -based games to run in Flash), and Stage3D (to support GPU-accelerated video games).