The Adobe Flash web technology has long enabled content creators to offer interactive online gaming, video, and education services but Flash has also long struggled with malware and vulnerabilities. There are much better and safer web technologies available now. No wonder major web browsers have been automatically blocking Flash. Adobe itself has confirmed today that it’s finally going to kill Flash by the end of 2020.
We know that the end was near for Flash as major web browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge have all started blocking Flash since last year. A Flash experience is not loaded until the user manually clicks on it to give their consent that they want it to load.
A spokesperson for Adobe has confirmed that the company will remove support for Flash by the end of 2020. It will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. Adobe encourages content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to new open formats.
Adobe will continue to support Flash until 2020 alongside partners that include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Apple. Google is going to continue phasing out Flash over the new few years while Microsoft is going to remove it entirely from all supported versions of Windows by 2020.
Apple supports the 2020 end of life for Flash as well while Mozilla will allow Firefox Extended Support Release users to keep using Flash until the end of life date.