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Obviously, when Flash finally dies in 2020, some legacy websites and services will break and some will scramble to adopt new ad-building tools, but they will be in the minority and, most likely, no one will notice or care anyway. Now, however, only 17% of PC and Chrome users visit websites with Flash, and that percentage "continues to decline". -- Adobe has announced it will stop distributing and updating Flash Player at the end of 2020 and is encouraging web developers to migrate any existing Flash content to open standards. Adobe cited the advent of these standards as having matured enough to provide capabilities pioneered by Flash.

Microsoft today announced its plans for phasing out Flash on its Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers. Google made Flash a "click-to-play" plugin, for example, that users must explicitly enable if they really want to use it.

While many - including us - have bashed Adobe and Flash for its poor security, we all agree that the web couldn't have reached the point it's at now without it.

In addition to being a nuisance for constantly requiring updates, Flash is also a security risk for browsers.

The Flash player will witness its own demise on December 31, 2020, followed by Microsoft Silverlight Support in October 2021.

The company suggests that developers switch from using Flash to modern web technologies such as HMTL5, WebGL or WebAssembly. If the site continues to use Flash, and you give the site permission to run Flash, it will work through the end of 2020.

"Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time", Apple wrote in a blog post today. For its Mac lineup of personal computers, Apple said it began moving away from Flash in 2010 when it didn't pre-install those computers with Flash. HTML5 is a much more efficient way to run videos and animations on a page compared with Flash, and that's especially important when you have to worry about battery life.

As Apple's comment notes, the death of Flash will have no consequences for iOS devices which never supported the desktop plug-in. Specifically, for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, Microsoft will gradually phase out support for Flash over the next few years, culminating in dropping support entirely in 2020.

Today it is rare to run into a video that requires Flash only to view, but it happens.

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

The news follows Microsoft's announcement that its iconic Paint software was on its list of "deprecated" features and could be removed from future Windows updates.


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