It’s been a long time coming, but Adobe has finally announced that they will be killing Flash in the next few years. In an article posted earlier today, it was announced that they are “planning to end-of-life Flash.” Specifically, they will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. Content creators were also encouraged to migrate any existing Flash content to standards such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly.
So while they didn’t use the term “kill,” “end-of life” and no more updates or distribution are basically the same thing, only in a way that makes you feel not so bad. Of course, I don’t think that anyone really feels bad about this move by Adobe considering the security and reliability problems that Flash has suffered over the years.
Shortly after the announcement, Google posted an article saying goodbye to Flash in Chrome. They also noted that three years ago, 80 percent of people desktop Chrome users visited a site utilizing Flash daily. Today, that number has fallen to 17 percent and continues to decline revealing that sites are migrating to open web technologies that are faster and more power-efficient than Flash. They also point out that Flash will work on Chrome through the end of 2020.
What are your thoughts on this move? I, for one, think it’s way past due and welcome our new open web technology overlords.