The death of Flash has been announcing for some years, however today is the day that Adobe puts the nail in the coffin. The company officially announced Flash will cease to exist by the end of 2020, when Adobe will no longer offer updates for the Flash player.
The reason for Adobe is known to many: the adoption of technologies such as HTML5 or WebGL, integrated in today’s browsers, have neglected dependence on plugins such as Flash. In addition Flash was also relegated by security issues, becoming deactivated by default in many browsers.
Nevertheless, many companies still rely on the use of Flash, especially those that develop social games for the web and Facebook. Adobe is committed to working closely with these companies and with others such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, offering support and security updates.
Of the five companies mentioned in the Adobe press release, the only one who was pleased was Apple. The Cupertino company said that Apple users have been experimenting with the web for years without Flash since the plugin was never implemented on mobile devices and in Safari it was disabled since 2010.
For many Flash is an aberration that should never have existed. The boom in web animations and Flash-designed sites set the tone for the Internet during the first five years of the last decade, and thanks to the advent of ActionScript, the door opened for the development of industries such as casual games.
Many anticipated the death of Flash when Steve Jobs refused to implement support for the iPhone. Jobs itself predicted the death of Flash in 2011, arguing that HTML5 was starting to emerge and many were already migrating to this technology.
Nine years later, Flash will cease to exist. Now, once and for all.