Adobe is Killing Flash in 2020

BY Evan Selleck

Published 25 Jul 2017

Flash Player is notorious for a variety of reasons, especially in light of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s thoughts on the software dating way back to 2010.

And now it looks like the software has a final end note already circled on the calendar. Today, Adobe officially announced that it will be killing Flash altogether in the year 2020. So while browsers like Safari, Chrome, and even Microsoft’s Edge have been blocking Flash for quite some time now, Flash as a whole will be getting the axe in a few years.

Here’s a statement from an Adobe spokesperson:

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.”

Of course, there are still a variety of different sites out there, from a broad range of markets and niches, that use Flash, including educational sites and even some sports sites, so Adobe is stating that it will still support the software until 2020. Microsoft has already stated that it will be disabling Flash by default in its Edge browser beginning in mid-2019, and plans to fully remove Flash support from its software in 2020. As for Apple, the company supports the 2020 end date, and will keep the approval process that users need to go through to show Flash content in the Safari browser.

Adobe will be working with Apple, Microsoft, and others like Mozilla, Google, and Facebook to eventually see the end of Flash support from all of these different partners.

“Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – 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.”

HTML5 has been the web standard for quite some time now, so the end of Flash seemed inevitable. And turns out that it is, with the final nail in the coffin set to fall into place in 2020.

Are you happy to see the end of Flash?

[via Adobe]