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Adobe Is Finally Killing Flash… in 2020

Dave Parrack 25-07-2017

Adobe has announced it’s killing Flash. This is it, with Flash going away for good. No comebacks, no last-minute reprieves, gone but not forgotten. The end is nigh, so Flash fans (also known as “idiots”) should make the most of this woeful piece of technology while they still can.


Adobe Flash was once the default option for anyone looking to place anything flashy on their website. It powered web-based games, online video, fancy graphics, and more besides. However, Flash was (and still is) riddled with security issues, which is why we’re celebrating its passing.

Adobe Flash, Your Time Is Up!

After years of false alarms Adobe is finally sending Flash off to the underworld from whence it came. Like so many other tech sites we have been campaigning for Flash to die Why Flash Needs to Die (And How You Can Get Rid of It) The Internet's relationship with Flash has been rocky for a while. Once, it was a universal standard on the web. Now, it looks like it may be headed to the chopping block. What changed? Read More for many years, and even tech companies too numerous to mention have been trying to get rid of Flash Die Flash Die: The Ongoing History of Tech Companies Trying to Kill Flash Flash has been in decline for a long time, but when will it die? Read More .

And now, finally, Adobe is succumbing to the pressure and vowing to end-of-life Flash. In a blog post, Adobe promises to “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.”

Adobe is enlisting the help of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla to send Flash off gently into the night. These companies will assist Adobe in phasing out Flash over the next three years so that come 2020 there will absolutely no need for Flash to exist any longer.

The aforementioned security issues Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now Flash is so full of security holes and vulnerabilities, it just doesn't make sense to keep it installed anymore. Here's how to get rid of it. Read More are the main reason Flash is going away. As long ago as 2010 Steve Jobs was arguing that Flash needed to die. And now, probably 10 years later than was necessary, Flash is shuffling off this mortal coil, aided and assisted by the emergence of newer, better technologies such as HTML5 Get Started With HTML5 You’ve heard of HTML5. Everybody is using it. It's being heralded as the savior of the Internet, allowing people to create rich, engaging web pages without resorting to using Flash and Shockwave. Read More .


The Final Nail in the Coffin

The death of Flash has been a long time coming, and I’m glad to be finally writing the news story documenting Adobe’s decision to kill Flash. Sure, we’ve got to put up with Flash for another few years, but most of us have already moved on anyway. This is just the final nail in the coffin.

Rest in peace, Adobe Flash: 1996-2020

How do you feel about Adobe killing Flash? Should Adobe have abandoned Flash years ago? Or was it right to wait until other technologies matured enough? Are you a fan of Flash? If so, why? What’s wrong with you? No, seriously?! The comments are open below…

Before Flash goes away, you might want to download your favorite Flash games How to Download Flash Games to Play Offline Adobe will no longer support Flash after 2020. Here's how to download Flash games to play offline. Read More so you can play them past 2020.

Related topics: Adobe Flash, HTML5.

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  1. Santiago
    July 29, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Holy cow. Four comments comments? I was specting an endless list of comments and replys. Anyway, I just came here to say that you have no right to call "idiots" to someone that likes what you don't like.

  2. Mike Walsh
    July 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Well, we might well be looking at 3 1/2 years down the line. But you can guarantee there will STILL be sites around at that time that haven't got off their backsides and performed the necessary changes.....

    • Dave Parrack
      July 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      You're probably right, but if three and a half years isn't enough warning then they only have themselves to blame!

  3. fcd76218
    July 25, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Means a lot of work for the XXX sites developers.

    • Freecaulk
      July 26, 2017 at 3:41 am

      The xxx sites can port over to silverlight. A similar piece of shit.

      • Santiago
        July 29, 2017 at 12:26 am

        Wasn't Silverlight discontinued already?

        • Tech Man
          May 13, 2018 at 6:36 pm

          It's discontinued, and it's end of support date is in 2021