Adobe has finally declared they are going to kill flash by 2020. Adobe stated they will stop development, support or any improvement to Flash until then they will continue to support any security patches.
Adobe Flash has long faced criticism for its buggy behavior and vulnerable to hacking, but the other side of the coin it has also leveraged the internet a better back when I recall in the year 2005 where it helps to better user experience in graphics, online gaming, animation, online video and other application.
Adobe said they will collaborate with their technology partner for a smooth transition to prepare for death.
“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.”
Adobe said in a statement they choose to end Flash because they believe open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years.
In 2010, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs killed Flash Support, continuing with Flash highly compromises the risk to Apple devices and as well Flash security holes(bugs) are the primary reason for Mac machines crash. Google Chrome (63 or above version) likely to remove flash as default to load and run the web content. As per Google blog, it states HTML is faster, safer and efficient than Flash. In the past 3 years, there has been an 80 % decline of Chrome users visit sites and content over flash. Only 17% users use Flash and the decline continues further.
Most of the technology partner has come out with official stated they will align with Adobe to kill the Flash, we need to wait and watch how early and sooner. Are they killing support before 2020? Google and Mozilla, mostly expected to end the support for Flash by before or end of 2018. Where Microsoft says it will plan to end support for Microsoft Edge by mid or late 2019.
HTML5 standards will be implemented across all the browser and hopefully, this will improve security and battery life of devices (as flash assumed the culprit to consume more memory especially with Google Chrome and other browsers).
“Adobe will also remain at the forefront of leading the development of new web standards and actively participate in their advancement. This includes continuing to contribute to the HTML5 standard and participating in the WebAssembly Community Group. And we’ll continue to provide best in class animation and video tools such as Animate CC, the premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content, and Premiere Pro CC.”