Adobe to Kill Off Flash at End of 2020, According to Spokesperson

Formerly a mainstay among plugins, Flash’s days are officially numbered according to Adobe. The company announced that it would fully end support for the technology by the end of 2020.

A spokesperson said in a statement that Adobe “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, WebGL and WebAssembly].”

The statement continued “Several industries and businesses have been built around Flash technology – including gaming, education and video – and we remain committed to supporting Flash through 2020, as customers and partners put their migration plans into place. Adobe will continue to support Flash on a number of major OSs and browsers that currently support Flash content through the planned EOL. This will include issuing regular security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility and adding features and capabilities as needed. We remain fully committed to working with partners, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content.”

Many prominent browsers have already disabled Flash by default or de-emphasized the technology, so most users will not feel the impact. Flash has long been subject to vulnerabilities, issuing a “critical” security update as recently as February 20.

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