You may have already seen various internet browsers warning of this as we get nearer to the cut-off date, but what it is and what does it mean?
Flash is web-technology that is commonly used to present the multi-media and other functional elements of a website.
An official statement from Adobe back in 2017 stated “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.”
While there are currently prompts and workarounds, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google and others have said that they will completely withdraw Flash support in their browsers by the end of 2020, so if you host a website that has any Flash elements you should start thinking about making the required changes that will keep your website functional. In most cases this will be a shift to HTML5.
HTML5 standards have been implemented across all modern web browsers, so the need for Flash just isn’t there anymore and will bring with it improvements in security, performance and cross-platform compatibility.
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