Adobe Systems today announced the availability of Adobe Flash Player 9 (formerly Flash Player 8.5), the next-generation Flash Player client runtime. The company says Flash Player 9 provides a more secure, lightweight, robust runtime environment for rich media and enterprise-ready rich Internet applications. It achieves up to 10 times faster performance through ActionScript 3.0 and a new ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM), which features a Just In Time (JIT) compiler that translates ActionScript bytecode to native machine code for maximum execution speed. Adobe Flash Player 9 is available now as a free download from Adobe’s site.