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The end of 2020 is also the end of Adobe Flash Player

Flash has an official EOL date. (Source: Adobe)
Flash has an official EOL date. (Source: Adobe)
There was a time when Flash was the go-to standard for online content building and support. However, other standards such as HTML5 have outstripped it considerably in the ability to deliver AV and interactive apps of all kinds. Therefore, Adobe has announced a definitive EOL date for this once-ubiquitous relic of the internet.

It may be slightly hard to believe now, but once a Flash plugin was needed to watch any video or play any game one would want to see in a browser. However, this situation has changed significantly over the years, to the point at which content plays with far fewer such hassles online. Accordingly, Adobe has formally acknowledged that Flash no longer warrants the life-support it is currently on.

The company has taken this decision now as it has judged that more up-to-date standards such as OpenAssembly, WebGL and HTML5 have taken over in terms of Flash's once-indispensible functions since its initial 2017 announcement that the older platform would indeed no longer be available. Therefore, the software will only receive update and security support until December 31, 2020.

Many users out there may be a little nostalgic about the end of Flash; it would have enabled their first PC- or notebook-based time-wasting sessions, after all. However, treasured memories of the videos or games involved may stand to be re-lived after all thanks to BlueMaxima's extensive Flashpoint archive for the same.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06-18 (Update: 2020-06-18)