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Adobe Flash on death row

July 26, 2017.

Adobe Flash.

Adobe announced that it would end support for Flash at the end of 2020, after which the player will cease to be developed and distributed. The veteran of Web animation and interactivity finally died a death by a thousand cuts: a history of security flaws, poor portability on mobile phones, a crippling blow dealt by Apple, increasing disaffection by browser developers, progress made in Web standards (HTML5 video and audio, Canvas 2D, WebGL…). Adobe has given no indication that it will provide a medium or long-term solution to access the substantial legacy of Flash content. While most Flash content is best forgotten — advertising, splash screens, and other junk — a large number of games and other interactive content will be lost within three years.

Ars Technica, “Adobe ending Flash support at the end of 2020.”