Adobe has announced that the company is ending Flash plug-in support by the end of 2020, and called on several major sites for the help.
The plug-in was once one of the most widely used for the users to watch video clips and play games online. But it also invited criticism for its flaws in its code, which made the plug-in a popular way for hackers to infect computers.
Demise of Flash was inevitable and this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about its doom. But in past, the reports of the plug-in’s death were greatly exaggerated. This time it looks like the end has come for real. Adobe says:
“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.”
The company has called on Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Mozilla for help maintaining Flash integrity until it disappears. According to the announcement that Facebook made, the platform will be migrating its Flash-based games to open web standards like HTML5.
The Apple’s Webkit team said the its customers might not even notice a difference, as Flash plug-in hasn’t come pre-installed on Macs since 2010, while Safari browser asks for permission before running it, and the iOS devices never supported it at all.
Google, in a blog post, said this has been coming on for some time:
“For 20 years, Flash has helped shape the way that you play games, watch videos and run applications on the web. But over the last few years, Flash has become less common. Three years ago, 80 percent of desktop Chrome users visited a site with Flash each day. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline.”
“This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open web technologies, which are faster and more power-efficient than Flash. They’re also more secure, so you can be safer while shopping, banking, or reading sensitive documents.”
Rest in peace, Flash!