Adobe to Finally Kill Flash After Years of Decline

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One of the foremost web plugins which facilitated the growth of gaming, media sharing and running many other applications on the internet and the being of websites like YouTube, Flash Player, is counting its final moments as Adobe has announced that the support for it ends in 2020.

Flash has seen a steady decline over the past few years as most of the websites have moved to the new open web standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly which are more efficient.

According to Google, the total number of desktop users on Chrome visiting a site running content on Flash has decreased to 17 percent from 80 percent three years ago.

“Give this progress (in web standards), and in collaboration with several of our technology partners — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla — Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. 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 stated.

The migration of websites from Flash to the Open Web Technologies happened because not only were they faster and more efficient, they were also more secure. This made online banking, shopping and sharing of sensitive information safer.

Seeing such a shift among website developers, Adobe has decided that it’s time to discontinue Flash so as to encourage all the websites still using the platform to shift on the more secure new open web standards.

“In addition, we plan to move more aggressively to EOL Flash in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed. Looking ahead, Adobe will continue to provide the best tools and services for designers and developers to create amazing content for the web” the company added.

From now on till the support ends, you’ll continue to see a permission to use Flash Player on Google Chrome from websites which are still running content on Flash. The same goes for Apple’s Safari.

The company will continue to support the Flash Player — maintaining its security and compatibility — as it phases it out completely by 2020.

Adobe will continue to contribute to the HTML5 and WebAssembly standards while continuing to update their tools such as Animate CC, Premiere Pro CC and adding more to the fold.

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