Adobe set to bid goodbye to Flash

Mozilla Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash Due To Security Issue

Mozilla Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash Due To Security Issue

Adobe has officially announced that it is to retire Flash, the interactive media platform it acquired from creator FutureWave via Macromedia, ceasing to distribute the software post-2020.

Now, it seems, Adobe has made peace with the fact that its plug-in's lifespan has run its entire course, and has made an announcement to this effect on its official blog.

Those open formats include HTML5 - which Steve Jobs predicted would succeed Flash back in 2010 - WebGL and WebAssembly.

Apple didn't support the software on its iOS devices, and both Chrome and Safari now tend to request permission every time a site requires Flash.

Adobe will continue to support Flash on a number of major operating systems and browsers that now support Flash content until the end of 2020. Users have options to re-enable Flash.

Flash was once nearly omnipresent on the web but now it is used only by 6.3% client-side programming languages for websites, according to W3Techs.

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Meanwhile it is working with various major internet facing technology companies, such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, to help migrate Flash users to new open formats. Its death may make it more challenging to play old, Flash-based games and things of the sort, but by and large it should result in a more stable internet-browsing experience for everyone. In the middle of a year ago, Chrome browser de-emphasized Flash. In 2015, Adobe even announced it would be moving away from the Flash brand and more towards a HTML5 world with the announcement of Adobe Animate CC.

Adobe is finally pulling the plug on Flash.

"Looking ahead, Adobe will continue to provide the best tools and services for designers and developers to create fantastic content for the web". With the Windows 10 Creators Update, its Edge browser introduced Click-to-Run functionality, blocking Flash content by default. Mozilla Firefox users will have an option to choose which websites run Flash with Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) enabling them to use Flash up to 2020. Now, that number has fallen to 17% and continues to drop, according to Google.

2019 mid to late - Flash is disabled by default in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

In mid to late 2018, we will update Microsoft Edge to require permission for Flash to be run each session.

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