Adobe Flash Death Date Announced By Adobe

Posted July 26, 2017

Tech firms have always been hammering nail's into its coffin, too, and back in 2010, Steve Jobs famously penned a letter that called for the demise of Adobe Flash in favour of a shift to open web standards.

Despite a long list of technological disadvantages and better technology emerging, Adobe's Flash Player has refused to die on its own. Now, that number has fallen to 17% and continues to drop, according to Google.

Govind Balakrishnan, Adobe's vice president of product development for its creative cloud business said that the company believes that technologies like HTML5, Web GL, and WebAssembly that can display video and 3D graphics now "have matured enough and are capable enough to provide viable alternatives to the Flash player". By 2020, Adobe will fully end all support for Flash.

By mid/late-2018, Microsoft will require permission from users to run Flash content on each session in Microsoft Edge.

Apple was one of Flash's most vocal critics. Google made Flash a "click-to-play" plugin, for example, that users must explicitly enable if they really want to use it. The demise of the plugin is obviously good news for consumers and web developers, and we doubt anyone will miss it. Let us know in the comments if you already stopped using Flash on your web browser of choice, and why?

Facebook also says it will shut off Flash games by the end of 2020, and is advising developers to change their FB games over to a different format. With, most recently, support for DRM-protected video being incorporated into HTML5, the need for Flash is largely eliminated. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash with no special permissions required during this time.

MacWorld columnist Jason Snell called back to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous column in 2010 blasting Flash and explaining why iOS wouldn't support the web standard. And finally, Flash will be completely removed from Chrome at the end of 2020.

Now, if people install Flash onto their Macs, Flash will still remain "off by default".

After 2020, Adobe will stop releasing updates for Flash and web browsers will no longer support it.

For the record, Adobe Flash Player (labeled Shockwave Flash in Internet Explorer and Firefox) is freeware software runtime for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications and streaming video and audio.

You'll soon be able to bid adieu to Flash.

"Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time", Apple wrote in a blog post today.