Adobe has announced they’ll be killing off Flash, one of the most popular, unsecure web plugins on the internet today, in 2020. “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,” said an Adobe spokesperson in a blog post.
While this news indicates a true end of an era, it doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and even Apple have all been vocal in the effort to discontinue use of Flash due to its lag in performance and insecurity that grants users a greater risk of being hacked. All of the company’s cooresponding web browsers will retire the plugin for good come 2020, while some will follow certain schedules and timeframes in order to properly phase out the web technology.
For instance, Microsoft says they’ll continue to ask permission to run Flash content in Edge throughout 2017 and into 2018. Then in mid to late 2018, Edge will be required to ask for permission to run Flash each time you visit a website that requires the plugin. In 2019, Flash will be automatically disabled in Edge and Internet Explorer. Finally, in 2020, Flash will be permanently removed from both browsers and sites that require the plugin simply won’t operate correctly. Other browsers like Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari will operate the same way they have with little to no Flash use until 2020 reaches us. Mozilla will operate similarly with Firefox.
All in all, the retirement of Flash seems like a long time coming. Apple admits they’ve been phasing Flash out of Safari since 2010, while the browser on iPhone and iPad never even used the technology. Macs haven’t shipped with the technology onboard since that year as well. Therefore, we’ve definitely been ready for the death of Flash. It just never came until now.