We all know that in 2005, 98% of computers connected to the Internet used Adobe Flash. A decade later, cornered by malware and its poor performance, Flash is no longer installed in most browsers. Today, Adobe officially announced the death date of Adobe Flash Player.
Adobe Officially Announced The Death Date Of Adobe Flash
In 2005, 98% of computers connected to the Internet used Adobe Flash. A decade later, cornered by malware and its poor performance, Flash is no longer installed in most browsers. Today, Adobe announces that Adobe Flash Player will disappear for forever in 2020.
Flash was born in 1996 when the Internet began to take its first steps among the mass public, and the web pages only showed photos and texts. The company Macromedia developed a plug-in for the browsers that allowed to add animations, videos, and applications to the web pages. Soon it became a standard.
In 2005, Adobe bought Macromedia, calling itself Adobe Flash
There is no denying the merits of Adobe Flash, one of the accused of the popularization of the Internet, thanks to the use of video, animations and the execution of applications within a web page. But Flash had two major problems: it was closed software developed by a trading company, and it was unsafe.
The very same Steve Jobs refused to include it in the iPhone and iPad in 2010 because he could not participate in its development. He claimed that it consumed a lot of battery power and did not take advantage of hardware acceleration.
But software companies began to turn their back on it because of its countless security holes. Through Flash, some of the most aggressive viruses in history were shed on computers, and Adobe was not able to effectively plug these holes.
Two or three years ago, web pages began replacing Adobe Flash with HTML 5, WebGL and web assembly. Chrome, Edge, Safari and other browsers no longer install it by default, and even if you manually install it, it is deactivated until you start it. Actually, Adobe Flash died a long time ago, but it is today when its death becomes official.
As Adobe will continue to update it until 2020 to give Websites time to replace it completely, but it will be a symbolic support, just to make it compatible with new operating systems, and to add security patches.
Thanking Flash for everything it has contributed, however, its death is good news because it is never good for a proprietary system to become a standard. The new open formats that replace it will provide a more fluid development, and more security.
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