Adobe Flash has been widely used since 2005 after Adobe acquired Macromedia. Flash has been used in many software platforms including animation, websites, desktop and mobile applications. Flash is also used to display vector graphics for video games and animations.
Adobe Flash has been widely installed on PCs to display interactive websites, to play online games and stream video and audio contents. Flash has also played a huge role in animated films. Even some of Disney's animated films utilized Flash.
On December 31, 2020, the Adobe Systems will stop updating and distributing Flash. Adobe announced in 2017 that they will no longer support the flash player plugin. Google and Microsoft also announced that flash will be disabled in their browsers.
According to Adobe:
"In collaboration with several of our technology partners - including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. 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."
Google bids farewell to Flash:
"For 20 years, Flash has helped shape the way that you play games, watch videos and run applications on the web. But over the last few years, Flash has become less common. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline."
Microsoft acknowledges "The End of an Era":
"Flash led the way on the web for rich content, gaming, animations, and media of all kinds, and inspired many of the current web standards powering HTML5. Adobe has partnered with Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Apple, and many others, to ensure that the open web could meet and exceed the experiences that Flash has traditionally provided. HTML5 standards, implemented across all modern browsers, provide these capabilities with improved performance, battery life, and increased security. Flash will be completely removed from the Microsoft Edge browser towards the end of 2020."
Kahl Consultants help clients ensure that all their websites are free of Flash and that there are no plugins that use Flash. RIP Flash!