Adobe to Finally Kill Flash in 2020 by Stopping Updates and Distribution of the Flash Player

Adobe to Finally Kill Flash in 2020 by Stopping Updates and Distribution of the Flash Player

This week seems to be bringing bad news for once-popular applications. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the deprecation of Paint after 32 years of service (though it’ll be offered on their application store), and today, Adobe is ringing death bells for Flash.

Adobe is planning to End-of-Life Flash by the end of 2020, as the company has now finalized plans to stop updating and distributing the Flash Player. Content creators are encouraged to migrate any existing Flash content to newer open formats like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly. These standards have matured over the past years and have overtaken Flash in its functionality of providing interactive and creative content on the web. Many Flash plugin capabilities have directly been integrated into browsers, thus deprecating such plugins.


This End-of-Life announcement from Adobe comes in collaboration with several technology partners like AppleFacebookGoogleMicrosoft and Mozilla. For instance, Apple offers WebKit as an alternative to Flash, stating that Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash since a while. iOS devices never supported Flash in the first place, and users on Mac began their transition away from Flash in 2010 when Flash was no longer pre-installed. Currently, if Mac users install Flash, Safari places extensive restrictions around its use.

Similarly, Google’s Chrome will increasingly require explicit permission from users to run Flash content until support is completely removed in late 2020. Microsoft will phase out support for Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, culminating in the complete removal by late 2020. Microsoft Edge already requires user interaction before running any Flash content starting with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and Flash will disabled by default in both of Microsoft’s browsers by 2019. Mozilla also looks to disable Flash by default for users in 2019, and only users running the Firefox Extended Support Release will be able to continue using Flash through late 2020. Once Adobe stops with its security patches, no version of Firefox will load the plugin.

Adobe also plans to move more aggressively to EOL Flash in certain geographical areas where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed.

The death of Flash had been predicted long ago. With Adobe announcing the final timeline for its death, content creators who still utilize Flash are advised to jump ship as soon as possible.

What are your thoughts on the death of Flash? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Adobe

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A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

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