Adobe develops Strobe

Adobe unveiled an open framework, called Strobe, while Mozilla released version 1.0 of it's Prism, and Google added new features to its search engine. More in this week's Roundup.

Adobe is planning to release a free, open framework based on Flash that will allow users to build custom video players easily. The framework, named Strobe will be available later in the year.

Mozilla's Prism, the tool for converting web apps to desktop apps, has advanced to version 1.0. It's available as both a Firefox extension and a stand-alone desktop app.

Google has unveiled three new features to its search engine (named Google Search Options, Google Squared, and Rich Snippets), which gives searchers the ability to filter out results in new ways, see search results in visual form, as well as additional useful information about each search item. The company has also released a new developer version of Chrome that is a step closer to supporting extensions, but support for HTML 5 features has been delayed.

Facebook is introducing a "verified apps" program, offering developers a security check of their applications for a fee. If an app complies with security standards it will be awarded a badge.

In other news, Microsoft Tech Ed attendees will have the opportunity to preview Office 2010. The final version of the product is expected to be released next year. The company is also planning to release .NET Micro Framework code, after a series of layoffs affected that developer team.

-- Posted by Lana Kovacevic.