Twitter Reacts To Adobe Discontinuing Flash Player In 2020

Mandy Carr
July 26, 2017

One of the web's oldest - and sometimes maligned - names, Adobe Flash, finally has an expiration date. Today, that number is at 17% and probably represents legacy ad networks slow to transition.

Abode says those tools "now provide numerous capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web".

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.

In mid to late 2018, we will update Microsoft Edge to require permission for Flash to be run each session. Adobe cited the advent of these standards as having matured enough to provide capabilities pioneered by Flash. 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.

Clearly, industry support exists for the removal of Flash in favor of HTML5 and other open technologies.

Facebook also says it will shut off Flash games by the end of 2020, and is advising developers to change their FB games over to a different format.

As Google notes in a blog post, Flash's popularity has greatly declined over the years. Today, if users install Flash, it remains off by default.

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Apple, unsurprisingly, is also welcoming of today's news: "Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time". Apple's refusal to support Flash on its wildly popular iOS mobile platform was perhaps the watershed moment for the technology.

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.

You'll soon be able to bid adieu to Flash. In addition, top internet browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge have already begun blocking Flash content by default.

Flash, if you're not familiar, is the annoying plug-in used in some websites for animations, rich web interactions, and online games.

The news follows Microsoft's announcement that its iconic Paint software was on its list of "deprecated" features and could be removed from future Windows updates.

Google announced on the company blog that Flash will be retired in Google Chrome as well.The company did not publish a roadmap but stated that it will remove Flash completely from Google Chrome toward the end of 2020.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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