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I'm not sure if there is a way that you can be notified and obtain the new version in advance; perhaps someone from Adobe can comment on that.
Usually you can find what updates are available on a certain day at sites like
this is what I usually do first thing every morning. You can also find update notifications for Flash Player at
Regarding availability, the latest updates should immediately be available at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
However, there was a hiccup when 18.104.22.168 was announced, and there was an almost 24h delay. Hopefully this will not occur again.
P.S. also make sure that any corporate download caches are cleared, so you do not "download" an old version from the cache.
Pat: Thanks for your comments. My company doesn't currently cache Internet traffic. Maybe I'll put a web page watcher on http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html. Hopefully, there won't be any more hiccups and someone from Adobe will let us know if pre-release notifications and downloads are possible.
Our only prerelease builds available are located on labs.adobe.com, but I don't think you're interested in those The release files typically go out to the Akamai servers at the same time, though as Pat mentioned we have had problems in the past with this failing. I try and update the announcement forum as soon as we get internal notification that builds are in place, putting a watcher on the distribution3.html page might also work. If you do find that you can't get access to the latest build, please feel free to email me directly (email@example.com) anytime and I'll do what I can to fix it (or get you the files needed) asap.
Chris: Thank you, I appreciate the support.