Adobe to Kill Flash Media Player in 2020

  • Adobe to Kill Flash Media Player in 2020

Adobe to Kill Flash Media Player in 2020

To be fair, Adobe probably wanted Flash do go away as much as everybody else and, by 2015, the company said as much. While, as Adobe reminisced, the service played a crucial role for accessing dynamic internet content, Flash has quickly become one of the main targets for hackers and synonymous with bug fixes, pop-ups, and battery life-draining. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline.

Adobe is confident that the timing is right to call for an end to Flash given that new open standards have risen to take its place including HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly.

Adobe finally has drawn a line in the sand, noting that Flash will no longer be supported after 2020. Sometime in mid-2018, sites using Flash will need explicit user permission to run every time the browser is restarted. With Adobe announcing the final timeline for its death, content creators who still utilize Flash are advised to jump ship as soon as possible.

While many - including us - have bashed Adobe and Flash for its poor security, we all agree that the web couldn't have reached the point it's at now without it. That will continue until the end of 2020.

"Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn't support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads", Jobs wrote. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash with no special permissions required during this time. Users will be able to re-enable Flash in both browsers.

While some websites still rely on the Flash Player plugin to display animations and games, a growing number have switched to using less resource-intensive open standards that won't slow down their visitor's devices, or bug them to install additional software, as the Flash Player now does.

2018 - Microsoft Edge requires users to enable Flash for each session individually.

It's a move that has been a long time coming-Apple famously left out support for Flash from the iPhone, which portended its inevitable demise nearly a decade ago. Naturally, people wondered about the lack of Flash support, which was still common around the web back then.

Microsoft, Google, and other browser makers have partnered up to help web users transition from Flash. Google keeps an updated version of Flash inside Chrome, but it says that will end in 2020.

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.