Adobe Announces The End Of Flash

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I think we all saw it coming. It was inevitable. Flash will no longer receive an update and will no longer be distributed by the end of 2020, according to an announcement by Adobe. The editor said he collaborated with several players, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla, about the abandonment.

The End Of Flash

Technology that was for a long time the dominant solution for creating and distributing multimedia content has been replaced in recent years by new open standards, such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly. Browsers are already taking various measures to restrict Flash. Google indicates that only 17% of Chrome users, who still ship the plug-in, visit a site with Flash every day.Three years ago, the figure was 80%.

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In a blog post, the WebKit team notes, with a sure smile, that Apple users have been browsing the web without Flash for a while. IOS devices have never supported Adobe technology. In 2010, shortly after the release of the first iPad, Steve Jobs had signed a rare open letter in which he explained this choice. He criticized the proprietary aspect of Flash, its lack of reliability and its mediocre performance: Apple claimed it regularly asked Adobe to show us Flash working well on a mobile device but it never happened. 

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According to Adobe, Flash will leave us by the end of 2020. After 2020, there will be no updates for Flash and all browsers will stop supporting it. Adobe is asking developers to shift to the latest programming standards. Flash was made around 20 years ago. It was the first choice of most developers who made games and applications which could run on many browsers. In 2005, when Adobe bought Flash from Macromedia, it was used by around 98% personal computers connected to the internet. Flash’s popularity took a hit when Apple decided not to use Flash on any of its devices. Technologies like HTML5 have slowly begun to replace Flash since then. 

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