Announced almost 3 years ago, the end of the distribution and support of the Adobe Flash player is planned for December 31, 2020. No more online content based on this technology can be run in Adobe Flash Player count from this date.
Devourer of system resources, riddled with vulnerabilities … The Adobe Flash player – paradoxically very widespread in the 90/2000s – did not lack arguments for the detractors of this proprietary technology (including Steve Jobs) to animate pages web and websites. But the rise of open formats such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have changed the situation. And ended up signing his death warrant, announced in July 2017 by Adobe. Almost three years later, the publisher publishes some explanations on the end of life of its Flash player set at December 31, 2020.
We already knew at that date that Adobe had planned to stop distributing and supporting its software, but that’s not all since “Flash-based content can no longer be run in Adobe Flash Player”, says the society. For those who would be tempted to continue using the player in static mode and not connected to the web, it will be necessary to be vigilant to the risks of piracy, no more security patches being ensured after the end of the support.
Migration to other technologies encouraged by Adobe
In addition, it will no longer be possible to download this reader from the publisher’s site and you will have to be particularly vigilant on sites offering to download it, at the risk of ending up with software containing at best an adware, at worst a malware. “Illegal downloads are a common source of malware and viruses. Adobe is not responsible for unauthorized versions of Flash Player, and customers who use it do so entirely at their own risk, ”says Adobe.
Until December 31, 2020, Adobe pushes users to part with its technology, even if security patches are planned until this date. “Note that the closer the end of life date, the more the number of browsers and operating systems compatible with Flash may decrease […] Adobe therefore strongly encourages customers to migrate to other standards. We recommend that all users uninstall Flash Player before this date, ”said the publisher.