Adobe announced today that it plans to retire Adobe Flash in December 2020 when it will stop updating and distributing Flash.
The company suggests that developers switch from using Flash to modern web technologies such as HMTL5, WebGL or WebAssembly.
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.
Adobe will support Flash "on a number of major" operating systems and browsers that support Flash currently. This includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP to 10, Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and packages for Linux.
As far as browsers are concerned, Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Opera are supported on Windows. On Mac OS X, the browsers are Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera, and on Linux, Firefox and Chrome are supported.
The reason that Adobe gives for ending Flash support is that web technology has matured and support many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins introduced to the browsing world.
Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Facebook have published announcements of their own highlighting the End of Life for Flash.
Mozilla updated its plugin roadmap for Firefox and adjusted it based on Adobe's end of support announcement.
Microsoft announced on the Microsoft Edge development blog how it plans to retire Adobe Flash in company products
Google announced on the company blog that Flash will be retired in Google Chrome as well.The company did not publish a roadmap but stated that it will remove Flash completely from Google Chrome toward the end of 2020.
Flash will be retired at the end of 2020. This means that it will be supported for the next two and a half years by Adobe and major browser developers.
This should give sites that rely on Flash ample time to develop plugin-less versions of their services using modern web technologies.
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