Adobe Officially Kills Flash, Support Ends in 2020

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For years now, companies have been moving away from Adobe Flash and in favor of more modern technologies.

Back in 2012, Adobe recognized that Flash's end was near, with a five- to 10-year timeframe for its eventual phasing out. Now, however, only 17% of PC and Chrome users visit websites with Flash, and that percentage "continues to decline".

The news doesn't come as a surprise to most as the internet has already started shrinking Flash's reach in favor of HTML5 and other open standards like WebGL and WebAssembly. We're supportive of Adobe's announcement today, and we look forward to working with everyone to make the web even better.

Similarly, Google's Chrome will increasingly require explicit permission from users to run Flash content until support is completely removed in late 2020.

Once Adobe stops issuing security updates to Flash, "no version of Firefox will load the plugin". Again, Internet Explorer users can continue to visit website with Flash like they normally do. When Adobe acquired Flash in its 2005 purchase of Macromedia, the technology was on more than 98 percent of personal computers connected to the web, Macromedia said at the time. Adobe dropped support for Flash on mobile devices in 2012. That will continue until the end of 2020.

Flash began as an engine for much of what made the web familiar.

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There was a time when Adobe Flash powered nearly anything on the internet that moved.

We will phase out Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, culminating in the removal of Flash from Windows entirely by the end of 2020. When the iPad first launched as a "content consumption" device, the lack of support for Adobe Flash was a massive sticking point for the new tablet.

That being said, the Adobe Flash Player will still function on major operating systems and browsers that now support Flash content until the Flash Player will finally "die", at the end of 2020. Users will be able to re-enable Flash in both browsers.

Google, Mozilla and Apple also are committing to dropping Flash support by 2020 in their respective browsers.

"This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open web technologies, which are faster and more power-efficient than Flash", Google said.

As the company's VP of product development Govind Balakrishnan also noted, Adobe remains proud of the legacy of Flash - and for all of its flaws, it's worth remembering that it played a pivotal role in bringing video and gaming to the web, for example.

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