Adobe announced that it’s going to end developing and distributing its Flash browser plug-in at the end of 2020. Content creators should migrate their flash content to other formats, like HTML5, WebAssembly and WebGL.
“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. 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
Because popular browsers moved away from Flash ahead of this announcement, the elimination of this program won’t affect most users. By default, Apple disabled Adobe Flash on MacOs Sierra and Safari 10. It’s also not available on iOS devices. In the middle of last year, Chrome browser de-emphasized Flash.
Flash Player has critical vulnerabilities that put Mac and PC users to security risks, like malware and virus. Vendors had to work continually just to keep up with those security solutions.
On its WebKit blog, Apple shared Adobe’s news. The company stated that it’s working with Adobe on the migration to open standards from the use of Flash.
But before 2020, Adobe will continue to support the said program on operating systems and browsers. That is, it’ll issue regular security updates and maintain browser compatibility. It’ll also introduce new features as needed.
For those who are using outdated versions or unlicensed Flash Player:
“In addition, we plan to move more aggressively to EOL Flash in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed.”
The Flash has been around within the browser for so long. It allows you to play games online or stream radiation station or watch videos. But after two decades, it’s going to say goodbye on December 31, 2020.
But experts recommend not fretting over its demise. Instead, we have to rejoice because the said program is a security risk. It also causes several browser crashes. For some developers, Adobe Flash made the Internet a worse place because of its vulnerabilities.
What will it mean to you?
In the coming months, the phasing out of Flash could do nothing to causing some problems. That is, some of the games you love would stop working.
Businesses that heavily rely on Flash-based modules would have to move to newer formats in the future. Some websites might stop working, especially if they no longer receive updates.
Last year, Google Chrome started to ask permission from users to run Flash plug-in on some sites. It disabled Flash by default.
Mozilla will also start asking you for the same permission in August if you wish to enable Flash. In 2019, it would disable Flash altogether.
Microsoft Edge uses an option that asks users if they want to run the plugin on a website. This policy will continue until the middle of 2018. It’ll completely disable Flash in 2020.
Safari, on the other hand, started to block Flash from running. But you can enable it on sites offering a download to Flash plugin.