Flash Software To Die By 2020, Adobe Announces

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, Adobe plans 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.

Flash will be retired at the end of 2020. They too announced their support for developers to move games from Flash to HTML5, scheduling a number of free webinars to provide more detailed support how it can be done. Firefox will save the user's Flash choice for sites, but Flash will be blocked on some sites. Flash support will be removed from Google's Chrome browser at that time as well.

Most browsers now have means of limiting Flash.

There is still lots of content on the web that uses Flash - it's still built into Google's desktop Chrome browser - so the software will be supported through 2020.

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Adobe has made the announcement to help content creators migrate to the new open standards.

In a separate blog post, Microsoft explained that it will phase out Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer over the next three years.

Vanessa Coleman