Adobe to Kill Flash with Help from Microsoft, Apple and Google

Jennifer| 2017-07-27 News, Web Development Comments( 0 )

Adobe calls the death of Flash in 2020, while Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Apple all responded to it and revealed their own plans to move away from the Flash.

Adobe now chooses to face the fact of the slow and painful Flash’s death, and decisively move forward by announcing a permanent Flash’s death. At the end of 2020, Adobe will no longer to update or distribute the Flash Player service. 

Whereas Flash has been widely used on various platforms, Adobe now has to partner with Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Mozilla. To help with killing Flash Player from their own browsers, these tech firms has published relevant plans. Besides, to make a peaceful death, Adobe also reaches out to those content creators to make their Flash content change into other formats. 

In fact, the multimedia software language was ever a staple on the Internet, and used to make websites, apps, games, mobile services, animations, and others. For the audio and video streaming, it was the real platform.

In 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia that accelerated the growth of Flash. Actually, at that time, Flash had gradually begun to decrease in popularity. Many services and websites haven’t update to the open standards such as HTML5. That’s why Adobe still managed to keep it going. However, Adobe calls the death of Flash which has eloquent reasons.

According to one of its blog posts, it said that now those open standards such as HTML5, WebAssembly and WebGL have fully matured to the stage where people can handle most functionalities and capabilities which plugins pioneered. At present, major browser providers are integrating these capabilities that are offered by plugins directly in browsers as well as the deprecating plugins.  

That’s right! However, why does Adobe take so long to phase it out? Adobe argues that now many platforms and organizations have already created their own infrastructure around the Flash, so they need time to make migration. Before that, Adobe will continue to provide its Flash Player users with updates, support, and security. 

There are the plans of helping with shuttering Flash, from Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Facebook:


Microsoft end Flash loading in 2016 by default in Edge, then Windows 10’s browser are able to see Flash content only, if they want. The company also revealed a full transition to HTML5 because it can offer improved security and performance. Microsoft offers the detailed timeline of ending Flash Player in a Windows blog post:


Apple takes an important role in the death of Flash. Because of Steve Jobs, iPad and iPhone both are launched without Flash, and it was ever derided for migrating to HTML5 too early. For Mac, Apple has been shipping its devices without Flash pre-installed from 2010.


According to the detailed plan Google ever revealed, its first step on moving away from Flash is on Chrome. In September 2016, Google’s Chrome 53 began to actively block the Flash. Since the end of 2016, Google has stopped the Flash support in Chrome, and from this month, it started to migrate to HTML5 as the default standard platform in Chrome 55. Google Chrome, Google Ads, and YouTube have eliminated the Flash. 


Facebook does not offer browsers, but its network includes Flash games and relevant content. Whereas the Flash is stepping out of the network, it has opened a path for developers to migrate their applications to other open formats. What’s more, Facebook is friendly to offer webinars to assist developers to learn the skills of moving away from the Flash with minimized impact.

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