Adobe planned to stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020, and encouraged a shift to new open formats.
The software giant said in a blog post its software, once considered a standard, was being supplanted by open standards such as HTML5 which have matured and become viable alternatives for content. But Adobe will no offer new Flash features.
Adobe, which ceased development of mobile versions of Flash 2011, said Tuesday it's "committed to supporting Flash through 2020, as customers and partners put their migration plans into place". In some regions where older, insecure versions of Flash are heavily distributed, however, Adobeplans to ramp up EOL efforts "more aggressively" as part of the effort.
Adobe began pushing content creators and those who focus on advertising creatives to HTML5 years ago.
Adobe will continue to work in the space by contributing to the HTML5 standard and participating in the WebAssembly Community Group.
Apple was one of the first companies to block Flash when Steve Jobs announced the end of support of Flash on iOS back in 2007. By 2019, Flash will be disabled by default on both Internet Explorer and Edge.
"Around Flash created entire industries - games, education and video".
In mid to late 2018, Microsoft Edge would require flash permission for each session.