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Adobe Announces Flash Support Will End In 2020

By August 1, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

It’s finally happening, and we now have a firm timeframe. Adobe just announced that as of 2020, they will no longer be supporting their beleaguered Flash player.

Once wildly popular and used by webmasters all over the world to provide interactive content on websites, over the past decade, Flash Player has been plagued by serious security flaws. Although Adobe has tried gamely to patch the seemingly endless stream of critical security flaws, more keep cropping up.

It’s gotten so bad that Google has been taking steps to limit the Chrome browser’s support and reliance on it, and other major browser vendors have followed suit.

Rumors of Flash’s death have been circulating for years, but with so many websites still using Flash components, it has been a thorny issue. Somehow, the platform kept struggling on.

That will formally end in 2020 with Adobe’s decision to pull the plug once and for all.

In many ways, Flash’s demise marks the end of an era, but as an Adobe spokesperson noted, there are other platforms that have arisen over the past several years to take its place, including HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly.

Even better, these other platforms are all open standards as opposed to being proprietary, and have matured sufficiently so that they can now provide workable replacements for all of the Flash features that webmasters rely on. This includes live streaming, rendering complex animation sequences and displaying 3D graphics.

Although we have a firm year, the company has not yet announced a specific month and date. However, those details will no doubt surface as the platform’s end of life draws near.

Adobe itself has been preparing for this move for the past few years and has been creating tools like Animate CC, which are HTML5-centric.

While it will no doubt create a few headaches for webmasters around the world, it is widely acknowledged that the increased security will be a net positive.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.