Say Goodbye to Adobe Flash Player Before It's Getting Eliminated


Adobe, the makers of the Flash software that first allowed the internet to sparkle and move about two decades back, will no longer be updating or distributing Flash as of 2020, as they announced here on Tuesday.

If you remember the early days of the internet, "Flash" was the technology that animated web pages and allowed us to play games and watch videos. It is being encouraged that Flash users transfer their work in other formats like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly.

One of HTML5's benefits is that it can be used to make multimedia content available within webpages without requiring users to install and update a dedicated plug-in.

Adobe's decision to discontinue its Flash Player has the world's largest technology companies looking at alternatives to help consumers enjoy multimedia content.

Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs criticized Flash's reliability, security and performance.

As open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide numerous capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the Web.

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Many months after being discarded by developers, Adobe is now finally set to kill Flash officially. When Adobe acquired Flash in its 2005 purchase of Macromedia, the technology was on more than 98 percent of personal computers connected to the web, Macromedia said at the time.

For the next coming months, individuals and institutions that rely on Flash-based systems will have problems using the software as most of its functions will stop working. The current figure is just 17%.

However, the industry analysts believe that it's great that Flash is going out of the market since the software has significantly become a security risk and a source of browser crashes, which have been a major concern to the users for quite some time.

"This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open-web technologies, which are faster and more power-efficient than Flash", Google added.

Mr Balakrishnan said it did not expect the demise of Flash to affect profits at Adobe.

There was immediate reaction to the news on Twitter.