Flash Player: Adobe finally accepts defeat and kills Flash in 2020

Flash Player: Adobe finally accepts defeat and kills Flash in 2020


Adobe will kill Flash and already offers developers, website managers and ad servers to permanently abandon this format so criticized to the benefit of open standards like HTML5. For a year now, several browsers such as Chrome, Edge and Safari were blocking Flash anyway, complaining for its security flaws, poor performance and de facto its impact on the performance of laptops.

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A page turns! Adobe has announced the planned discontinuation of Flash Player and Flash format at the end of 2020. And already recommends switching to “new open formats”. Change is the epilogue of more than a decade of Flash format, .flv videos, small games, quizzes, and other interactive sites have become the cornerstone of the web.

Flash Player: Adobe announces the death of Flash in 2020

Before experiencing a shower of criticism until becoming an unwanted format for some of the internet browsers. Chrome just like Safari actually block Flash on most sites, leaving only the plugin to launch on demand, or on large sites that will end up sooner or later by switching to really open formats in the case of Chrome.

How did we get there? There has been the development of open source alternatives, such as HTML5 and CSS3 recognized by all modern browsers. But also a long list of critical flaws like this one. Developers have also often pointed out that the plugin had a very negative impact on system resources and the performance of laptops.

Its closed nature did not improve these aspects without direct collaboration with Adobe. So Adobe has finally yielded:

“We will stop updating and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020, and we encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”

In the meantime, Adobe is committed to continuing its efforts to keep up with the transition, and to avoid any security breaches being exploited. But web browsers have already started, we told you, to bury the format. In addition to Chrome and Safari, 2019 is the year when Flash will be disabled by default in Edge, and Mozilla will request confirmation to launch Flash next month.

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