Adobe To Finally Kill Off Flash

When you run a news site for seven years, you tend to see the same story repeat itself over time. However, there are times when you come across something that you have been saying for years. Like how is Blackberry still a thing? When will Sprint become a real wireless company and when will Flash become a thing of the past? It seems that last one finally have an end date.

According to an Adobe blog post, they will be killing off Flash by the end of 2020. It seems that they have finally seen the writing on the wall, especially since browsers like Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Safari have been blocking Flash for the past year in favor of HTML 5.

“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,” Adobe said in their post. “But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.”

“Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.”

Adobe notes that it will continue support for Flash until 2020 with partners like Apple, Facebook, Goggle, Microsoft and Mozilla. Edge and Internet Explorer will be disabled by default in mid to late 2019, with complete removale from all supported versions of Windows by 2020.

Google will continue phasing out Flash over the next few years, while Mozilla says Firefox users will be able to choose which websites are able to run Flash next month and allow Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) users to keep using Flash until the end of 2020. Apple is also supportive of the 2020 end of life for Flash, and Safari currently requires explicit approval on each website even when Mac users opt to install Flash.

Ever since the adoption of Apple and their mobile devices use of HTML 5, it began to see Adobe’s day numbered. Back in 2010, we commented on Adobe’s lack of vision in regards to their Flash product, which is always cited as being poor in battery life and full of many security flaws, and that their end was inevitable. Hopefully, we will still be around to see the end and comment on it.

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