What No Flash Player?

As Reported by the Product Manager at GOOGLE
Adobe announced its plans to stop supporting Flash at the end of 2020.

Three years ago, 80 percent of desktop Chrome users visited a site with Flash each day. Today usage is only 17 percent and continues to decline. For two decades, Flash has helped shape the way that you play games, watch videos and run applications on the web. Flash has become less common over the last few years.

Sites are migrating to open web technologies. These are faster and more power-efficient than Flash. Open web technologies are more secure. Secure means you can be safer while shopping, banking, or reading sensitive documents. You can visit your favorite site from anywhere as they also work on both mobile and desktop.

Remember last year when sites began asking your permission to run flash? That is when these open web technologies became the default experience for Chrome. It was late last year. This year in 2020 Chrome will continue phasing out Flash and it may take over the next few years. First Chrome will be asking for your permission to run Flash then eventually it will be disabled by default. Chrome will remove Flash completely toward the end of 2020.

You may be wondering ????? how will this affect me on sites I visit regularly that use Flash today? You won’t notice much difference If the site migrates to open web standards and you’ll no longer see prompts to run Flash on that site. If you give the site permission to run Flash, it will work through the end of 2020.

Major publishers and other browsers, have been working closely with Adobe to make sure the web is ready to be Flash-free. Google is supportive of Adobe’s announcement look forward to working with everyone to make the web even better.

Adobe Flash was another early technology used to create interactive web experiences. In particularly, Flash was used to stream video from sites like YouTube for many years. Unfortunately, Flash, like Java applets, seems on its way out. Again, the reasons are complicated.

For video, the HTML standard caught up to Flash and now supports video files natively, eliminating the need for Flash plugins on many sites that use video.

A public feud with Apple probably did not help either, along with Adobe’s brief attempt to monetize use of the platform by forcing developers to purchase licenses to use certain features. Adobe themselves announced in 2011 that they would discontinue development of Flash for mobile devices and focus on HTML5.

Credits: Talking: Geoffrey Challen (Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo). Producing: Greg Bunyea (Undergraduate, Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo).