Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Adobe Is Killing Flash in 2020

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Heather Davidson | 26 July, 2017, 01:05

Those efforts will culminate with Adobe ending Flash support and distribution by the end of 2020. The decision comes after years of security vulnerabilities, performance issues, and criticisms from technology experts. When mainstream web browsers started blocking Flash content-including Safari and Google Chrome-that sealed the platform's fate.

"Adobe has long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content - from video, to games and more - on the web".

Adobe notes that Flash (and Shockwave) were created a time when the formats were needed.

This should give sites that rely on Flash ample time to develop plugin-less versions of their services using modern web technologies.

"Over time, we've seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards". Browser vendors and Adobe itself have been working to transition Flash-based content to HTML5, and Chrome even started displaying HTML5 content by default past year.

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Microsoft officials said they'd do their part to wind down Flash support in the company's Internet and Edge browsers, so that Flash support will be entirely removed from Windows by the end of 2020, as well. This means that the Flash Player will keep getting regular security patches, get new features or capabilities, etc.

Flash, however, remains in use among some online gamers. Also, they would be motivating developers to switch to open web standards as soon as possible. Flash has been surpassed as a format by new native standards like HTML5, which are baked into almost anything that can access the internet.

Even though Flash now has a scheduled end-of-life date in the distance, Adobe still hopes to remain a relevant a key player in developing HTML5 content and is of course recommending Animate CC for content creation. The company has announced plans to stop updating and distributing the Flash Player by the end of 2020. Ironically, Adobe and Apple grew up together in Silicon Valley and have been business partners and customers of each other's products for almost three decades.

Microsoft's plan lines up with other similar plans by Google, Mozilla and Apple - all of which have already begun limiting Flash to some extent in their browsers. Users will be able to re-enable Flash in both browsers. Between then and now, however, Google will make enabling it on a site-by-site basis a more explicit process for the user. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards - all areas where Flash falls short.

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