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Adobe is putting Flash into retirement but we're still going to have to wait for three years before support finally stops




When it comes to long goodbyes. Flash sits there at the top. The demise of Flash has long been touted by many, but it has hung on in there as html5 has slowly taken over. It has hung on in there even though Apple never introduced support for it on mobile. As Steve Jobs said in his Thoughts of Flash piece."The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards - all areas where Flash falls short".It has hung on in there as Google blocked Flash content in Chrome.

Adobe has finally realised that the major browser vendors do not want to support Flash.Technologies have moved on and are better alternatives out there. In a statement on its blog, Adobe said,"As open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssemply have matured over past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plug-ins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web".It went on to say,"Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats." You can read the full article at http://adobe.ly/2hOmO4y.
Flash usage has been in decline for years. Introduced back in 1996 when the web was in its infancy, it used to be everywhere, back in the Nineties it was one of the software packages to learn - you could make a fortune. There was great content produced using Flash, one we remember is Salad Finders.

Back to 2010 and Apple not supporting Flash on its mobile devices was when its decline really started to kick in. Flash was always a desktop tool and as mobile tool off, Flash was heading in the opposite direction. In 2011 just under 50% of websites were using Flash, by 2014 it was less than 30%, and in 2016 it was less than 10%. 

Will it be missed?No, but may take a few years into the future to appreciate its true legacy and place in web history, or possibly not. 


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