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Adobe retires Flash in December 2020


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Adobe announced today that it plans to retire Adobe Flash in December 2020 when it will stop updating and distributing Flash.

The company suggests that developers switch from using Flash to modern web technologies such as HMTL5, WebGL or WebAssembly.

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.

Adobe will support Flash "on a number of major" operating systems and browsers that support Flash currently. This includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP to 10, Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and packages for Linux.

As far as browsers are concerned, Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Opera are supported on Windows. On Mac OS X, the browsers are Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera, and on Linux, Firefox and Chrome are supported.

The reason that Adobe gives for ending Flash support is that web technology has matured and support many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins introduced to the browsing world.

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Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Facebook have published announcements of their own highlighting the End of Life for Flash.

Mozilla updated its plugin roadmap for Firefox and adjusted it based on Adobe's end of support announcement.

  • 2018 Second Half -- Firefox users have to enable Flash on each session they want to use Flash.
  • 2019 Early -- Firefox will display a visible warning to users if a site uses Flash.
  • 2019 -- Flash is disabled by default. Users won't be prompted anymore to enable Flash, but Flash may still be activated on certain sites by users.
  • 2020-- Flash support is removed from Firefox. Firefox ESR continues to support Flash until the end of 2020.
  • 2021 -- Firefox won't load the Flash plugin anymore when Adobe stops shipping security updates for Flash in December 2020

Microsoft announced on the Microsoft Edge development blog how it plans to retire Adobe Flash in company products

  • 2018 -- Microsoft Edge requires users to enable Flash for each session individually. Internet Explorer continues to allow Flash.
  • 2019 mid to late -- Flash is disabled by default in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Users have options to re-enable Flash.
  • 2020 end -- Adobe Flash is removed from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Flash cannot be run anymore.

 

Google announced on the company blog that Flash will be retired in Google Chrome as well.The company did not publish a roadmap but stated that it will remove Flash completely from Google Chrome toward the end of 2020.

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/07/25/adobe-retires-flash-in-december-2020/

 

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Adobe Flash, the ubiquitous resource hog everyone hates to need—is finally going away, and hopefully forever. Because Flash is a closed, proprietary system, it’s a popular punching bag for hackers, which puts users at risk over and over again. And it’s a resource-heavy battery suck finds its way into pop-up ads you didn’t want to see anyway. Adobe thought Flash would take over website creation back in 2007, having the ability to run cool effects with a stand alone product, but Flash was too complicated to program and the.FLA extension was not supported by many browsers. Flash website coding starting going the way of the dinosaur with HTML5 kicking its butt. 

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Couple of years ago, I had big problems playing videos on mobile, as a lot of sites still did not support HTML5. However, things are quite different now. Most sites support and run videos on HTML5 just fine. So much has it become a standard that people might have forgotten that any plugin for playing videos was required.

 

They should not take so much time to stop this I think.

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1 hour ago, virge said:

Adobe Flash, the ubiquitous resource hog everyone hates to need—is finally going away, and hopefully forever. Because Flash is a closed, proprietary system, it’s a popular punching bag for hackers, which puts users at risk over and over again. And it’s a resource-heavy battery suck finds its way into pop-up ads you didn’t want to see anyway. Adobe thought Flash would take over website creation back in 2007, having the ability to run cool effects with a stand alone product, but Flash was too complicated to program and the.FLA extension was not supported by many browsers. Flash website coding starting going the way of the dinosaur with HTML5 kicking its butt. 

Imagine that an 2007-era laptop or computer, can now handle website browsing better without flash. Back then, flash was needed to play any video content & most videos were lagging/ crashing & thus unplayable.

1 hour ago, DKT27 said:

Couple of years ago, I had big problems playing videos on mobile, as a lot of sites still did not support HTML5. However, things are quite different now. Most sites support and run videos on HTML5 just fine. So much has it become a standard that people might have forgotten that any plugin for playing videos was required.

 

They should not take so much time to stop this I think.

 

i think there are still pr0n sites that use flash. That's why they are keeping it alive. :P

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33 minutes ago, JimmySvert said:

i think there are still pr0n sites that use flash. That's why they are keeping it alive. :P

 

My personal experience :P tells me only one big site uses it now, that too, is not much famous compared to others.

 

How did I know, lets say a friend told me about it. :P

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On 25/7/2017 at 9:26 PM, Petrovic said:

Adobe announced today that it plans to retire Adobe Flash in December 2020

I wish they do it much earlier...:beg:

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Best technology news ever!

Special thanks to Steve Jobs, who famously wrote "thoughts on flash" which recommended to get rid of flash asap.

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