Shockwave support will finally come to an end in April 2019

Adobe Shockwave has come to the end of its life. (Source: Adobe)
Adobe Shockwave has come to the end of its life. (Source: Adobe)
Adobe Shockwave was once the essential plug-in for interactive website elements and functions. However, it has been long overtaken by more up-to-date options. Its maker has announced the cessation of support for this relative dinosaur, with the exception of some business-focused licenses, on April 9, 2019.

Those who have spent the last few years never thinking about Shockwave once may be surprised to learn that Adobe had still been supporting it wiith updates. This program, also known as Shockwave Player, was once the multmedia plug-in for internet users to enjoy in-browser games, videos and other content. However, it has since been comprehensively supplanted by other platforms such as HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, and Adobe AIR itself.

This legacy player has been sticking around Adobe's download sites and servers ever since, as has its approximate successor, Flash. However, the software giant has finally decided that the former is now at the end of its life in these locations. Accordingly, it has announced that consumer-grade Shockwave support will end on April 9, 2019.

Adobe has also given assurances that those companies with outstanding Enterprise licenses for Shockwave will continue to receive updates nonetheless, but only up until the end of their current contracts. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Flash is also on the chopping block: the company also notes in its latest announcement that its support will be suspended indefinitely in 2020.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-13 (Update: 2019-03-13)
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