Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era

26 July, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
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The company also said that it plans "to move more aggressively to [end-of-life] Flash in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed".

Adobe will remain committed to industries that use Flash Player through 2020. That number is now at 17 percent "and continues to decline", Google said in a blog Tuesday.

Adobe says Flash was deprecated over time by new open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly.

And now - finally - Adobe Flash is going to the big software graveyard in the sky, and will "retire" at the end of 2020.

In mid to late 2018, we will update Microsoft Edge to require permission for Flash to be run each session. While this did prevent the use of Flash, it didn't stop Adobe from promoting DPS as its platform for creating digital editions.

Firefox has also joined in, stating that users will be able to choose which sites can use Flash starting next month, and the plugin will be disabled for most users in 2019.

"Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch never supported Flash".

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"It's taken a lot of close work with Adobe, other browsers, and major publishers to make sure the web is ready to be Flash-free", Google said. The plugin will be fully supported and maintained until the end of 2020, with browsers such as Chrome and Edge continuing to embed and patch the plugin. Now that Flash usage is dropping, it's more easily justifiable for browsers to ditch it.

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

These open web technologies became the default experience for Chrome late a year ago when sites started needing to ask your permission to run Flash. Adobe has revealed plans to end support for Flash before the end of 2020 in favor of supporting open standards.

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners - including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla - Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash.

During the past 20 years digital firms have used Flash content for everything from clickable ads, to games, to interactive learning and rich internet applications.

Adobe Flash, the software that enabled a nigh-endless array of online gaming experiences (some of them quite good) and almost as many security headaches, has been officially consigned by developer Adobe to the dustbin of technological history. Users have options to re-enable Flash.


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