Adobe retires Flash in December 2020

Adobe retires Flash in December 2020

This includes the likes of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who in 2010, dedicated an entire open letter to Adobe Flash, detailing why Apple stopped supporting the same on iPhones and iPads running iOS.

Adobe also notes that it plans to be more aggressive about ending support for Flash "in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed". Today, that number is at 17% and probably represents legacy ad networks slow to transition.

The reason that Adobe gives for ending Flash support is that web technology has matured and support numerous capabilities and functionalities that plugins introduced to the browsing world.

Adobe in a corporate blogpost announced July 25 that it will end support for its ubiquitous Flash Player at the end of 2020, effectively end-of-lifing one of the foundational developmental tools of the internet. From 2017 through 2018, people will need to give permission to the Edge browser to run Flash when they visit a website that use the tech.

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"This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open-web technologies, which are faster and more power-efficient than Flash", Google added. In the meantime, Flash will still be supported on desktop operating systems and web browsers that already integrate it. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash with no special permissions required during this time.

Facebook said that Flash-based video games will continue to run until the end of 2020, but the company is urging "developers to follow the timelines set by browsers, as this may impact your decision to migrate sooner".

Microsoft plans to phase out support for Flash in its Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, with Flash removed from Windows by the end of 2020. Most modern web browsers already make it fairly hard to run Flash content on websites, but Flash will be completely removed in web browsers by 2020.

2019 - Flash is disabled by default. Given much of the web ran off flash back then, it was an inconvenience to iPhone users. Users don't like it when their favorite websites no longer work, but at the same time, browser vendors don't want to subject their users to the security and performance problems that come along with keeping Flash installed. Users have options to re-enable Flash. Three years may sound like a lot of time when killing a technology, but Adobe says that entire businesses are built around this technology and will require security patches until they are ready to move on.

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