The End of an Era - Next Steps for Adobe Flash

Phillip Butler
July 26, 2017

Adobe is dropping the axe on Flash, announcing that the little-loved - and in many cases, like that of Apple's Steve Jobs, actively loathed - plugin is on its last legs. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline.

Once a key tool for accessing dynamic internet content, Flash has come under growing scrutiny with many of its functions now folded into web browsers through new open standards - eliminating the need to download the program separately.

By mid/late-2018, Microsoft will require permission from users to run Flash content on each session in Microsoft Edge.

Well, good news, Mr. Jobs, if perhaps too late to benefit you: Adobe, finally, is killing Flash. To display rich interactive content in the browser, WebKit-the engine that powers Safari-supports the latest standards, including the following: ● HTML Video and Media Source Extensions support a wide range of video experiences, including short clips, longer content, and live streaming. That will continue until the end of 2020. The result will be a safer web for all the people who are unaware of Flash's many, many different vulnerabilities.

There was a time when Adobe Flash powered nearly anything on the internet that moved. "iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch never supported Flash". The company plans to release security updates in the meantime, and you'll be able to install Flash if your favorite sites are slow to jump to alternative technologies, but it won't be long before Flash is completely gone. The social network points out that while 2020 is Adobe's end-of-life date for Flash, browsers will start to make life awkward for Flash content rather earlier; Chrome will make Flash content click-to-play by 2018, for instance.

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.

Through 2020, Adobe said it will continue to issue any needed security patches and keep Flash compatible with operating systems and web browsers, the company said.

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.

Mozilla said that beginning in August, users of its Firefox web browser will have to give permission to websites to run Flash on their browsers.

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.

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