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Hundred Million Milestones

Posted by Sravan | March 3, 2009 .

The one news that eluded me was about JavaFX. 100 million. No kidding! Even JavaFX, which many of us consider as the Herbie of the sprint touched that big number in less than four months: JavaFX 1.0 had been released on December 4, 2008. “JavaFX’s download rate makes it the fastest growing RIA platform on the market – demonstrating the fastest adoption of any product Sun has ever shipped,” wrote Sun CEO and President Jonathan Schwartz on his blog.

Last week, Mike Ormond announced that Silverlight 2 had been downloaded and installed on more than 300 million machines between October 2008 and January 2009.

Early this year, it was announced that AIR had been installed over 100 million times. Since the first release on Feb 25, 2008. At that time I wrote, “Good for Adobe, congratulations!, but I am finding these regularly pumped out numbers increasingly boring. Sorry.”

These 100 million numbers overwhelm me and I now realize that it is indeed a great and an important achievement. Especially after reading Adrian Ludwig’s update on the AIR 100 million news post:

Why does Adobe talk about installation numbers?

Our developers regularly ask about installation numbers because they are concerned about how quickly someone can install an application and begin using it. Having the runtime installed ahead of time makes that easier by making the download smaller and the download time faster. This the same reason that we focus on keeping the Flash Player very small, and why new versions are adopted so quickly.

These numbers do play a significant role in a developer’s decision about using a new technology.

All said and done, I’m still surprised about JavaFX. I rarely come across JavaFX on the web, except when I’m intentionally searching to review one of the apps.

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