Adobe to kill Flash (Yay or Nay?)
The end is near for Adobe Flash as Adobe has announced that the support for its once-popular application will end in 2020.
According to Adobe, the decision was made after recognising the rapid progression of the other open standards, such as the HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly, have made over the years, which have caught up or even better what the Flash can do.
In its press release, Adobe says that the open standards “have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards.” Hence, coming to the conclusion of removing Flash from its list of creative applications.
In the meantime, Adobe will continue to provide support to all major Operating Systems and Browsers “to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content.”
Editor’s Note: Interesting to note that many bemoan the removal of MS Paint and not Flash.