Adobe is Killing Flash in 2020

Flash’s demise continues unabated with yesterday’s news that its maker Adobe will be winding down development and distribution of the Flash plugin and related software at the end of 2020.

So while browsers like Safari, Chrome, and even Microsoft’s Edge have been blocking Flash for quite some time now, Flash as a whole will be getting the axe in a few years.

Here’s a statement from an Adobe spokesperson:
We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”
So, how does this affect you?

Folks who regularly visit websites that have migrated from Flash to open web standards shouldn’t notice much difference. If a website continues to use Adobe’s plugin, and you give it explicit permission to run Flash, it will continue working through the end of 2020.

Apple wrote on its WebKit blog that for its users the transition from Flash began in 2010 when Flash was no longer pre-installed on Macs. “Apple is working with Adobe, industry partners and developers to complete this transition,” wrote the iPhone maker.

 Flash Player poses a major security risk due to a bunch of vulnerabilities that expose your Mac to malware and other attacks. Thankfully, you can safely remove Flash Player from your computer because most websites do not use it anymore.

Apple reminded developers that Safari’s WebKit rendering engine features a number of modern technologies for interactive experiences that don’t require a plugin, like:
  • HTML Video and Media Source Extensions support a wide range of video experiences, including short clips, longer content and live streaming.
  • HTML Canvas and WebGL provide fast, dynamic graphics for games and interactive experiences.
  • CSS Transitions and Animations add polished animations to web interfaces.
  • WebRTC enables real-time peer-to-peer video.
  • WebAssembly allows games and other compute-intensive applications to run faster.

 HTML5 has been the web standard for quite some time now, so the end of Flash seemed inevitable. And turns out that it is, with the final nail in the coffin set to fall into place in 2020.


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