That the Flash Player will die, everyone already knows – or should have known, after all in 2017 Adobe she said she would no longer support the technology by the end of 2020. Now she has clarified how it will happen.
According to Adobe, Flash Player will no longer be distributed and updated after the day December 31, 2020 (date referred to as EOL).
The company said that open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured a lot in recent years and serve perfectly as viable alternatives to Flash content, and that major browsers already integrate these open standards. With the announcement made in 2017, Adobe believes it has given developers, designers and companies enough time to migrate existing Flash content to these new open standards.
She also said that she will continue to release security and maintenance updates for the plugin until the end of the year, but that from 2021 she will no longer support the technology. Therefore, it is recommended that users uninstall Flash Player from their computers – Adobe itself gives instructions on how to do this on macOS and Windows. Even if the user does nothing now, Adobe will remind the user to take action later this year; in addition, Flash will be prevented from running in Adobe Flash Player after 12/31.
It’s good to know that there are versions of Flash Player available for download on third-party sites around the world, but don’t even think about downloading them. Adobe points out that these unauthorized versions can compromise the user’s machine by installing malware or viruses.
The truth is that virtually no content on the web uses Flash technology anymore. For this very reason, the beta version of Safari no longer supports the technology – and, very soon, the final version will no longer support it either. When we talk about Apple’s mobile operating systems, then (iOS / iPadOS), the hole is even further down, as they never supported Adobe Flash Player.
Rest in peace, Flash. ⚰️
via Daring Fireball