Adobe Flash will soon witness its demise as the company plans to end distribution and support for the software by the end of the year 2020. Adobe officially announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it has decided to pull the plug on Flash.
The move to end support for Flash does not come as a surprise, as popular modern day browsers such as Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge do not offer support for Flash anymore.
Thanks to the emergence of new formats such as WebGL, HTML5, and WebAssembly, major web browsers have restricted access to Flash by default. During its heydays, however, Adobe Flash was the one that powered early websites to run multimedia content such as videos on the web.
“Specifically, 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 explained in a blog post published on Tuesday.
However, Adobe Flash is still commonly used in multiple online games and multimedia websites on the Internet. Therefore, Adobe has promised to continue offering support for Flash till 2020 to help with the transition process.
“We remain fully committed to working with partners, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content. In addition, we plan to move more aggressively to [end of life] Flash in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed,” further added Adobe in the blog.
Adobe’s Flash Player has met with several criticisms in the past. Back in 2015, both Google and Mozilla Firefox decided to end support for Adobe Flash Player following a critical security flaw found in the program. While last year, Microsoft decided to ditch Flash in favor of HTML5 for its Edge browser.
However, Flash player’s biggest critic has been Apple, who have repeatedly expressed their concerns over the software. All major companies have made a switch to HTML5. And why not, considering the enhanced security that HTML5 has become synonymous with. In contrast, Adobe’s Flash platform has been accused of being buggy several times in the past.