Adobe to Drop Flash Player

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:07 AM gHale

Adobe is eliminating its iconic Flash Player by 2020.

With Flash still widely adopted across the world, but with open standards growing up in usage at a fast pace, Adobe said it just makes sense to retire Flash Player, with the company now encouraging content creators to make the switch to alternative solutions.

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Though several products would be impacted, Adobe said it is working together with partners to make the demise of Flash Player as smooth as possible, including with Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Mozilla, and Google.

“But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web,” Adobe said.

“Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins,” Adobe said.

Flash Player has become one of the most vulnerable pieces of software integrated into today’s modern solutions.

Adobe says it will continue to deliver security patches for browsers and operating systems until the end of 2020, but by that point, everyone should already complete the transition to alternative solutions.

Microsoft has already said it is also pulling Flash from Windows and its browsers by the end of 2020, and similar measures will be taken by the other companies impacted by Adobe’s decision.

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