There's no denying that the Adobe Flash Player has been world-famous for many years. Almost every user has used in before; it was the dominant player on all types of browsers. However, with the company announcing that it is going to stop updating it, more and more companies responded that they will remove Adobe Flash.
What is Adobe Flash Player?
Created by Macromedia in 1996, the Flash Player then becomes popular computer software for using the content which is created on the Adobe Flash platform.
- View multimedia contents.
- Execute rich Internet applications.
- Run streaming audio and video.
Later in 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia, so the player then was known as Adobe Flash Player. The Flash Player is a wonderful plug-in in all the mainstream browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Google Chrome) and mobiles devices that give support to it.
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Adobe Flash End of Life Is Announced
In 2017, Adobe Inc. told the world that it will stop updating the Adobe Flash at the end of 2020. This indicates the Adobe Flash end of life officially. Later, in July, Microsoft announced it planned to give up on the support for Flash in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge till then. (You are advised to ask MiniTool for help when running into disk or data problems.)
At that time, other partners including Apple and Mozilla also made their plans for Adobe Flash ending.
Adobe Flash End of Support on December 31, 2020
Flash support ending from Microsoft:
Microsoft released a roadmap in 2017 to remove Adobe Flash from both Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Since then, it showed its intention to design the Chromium-based Edge browser. Till now, the Adobe Flash is still built in the current Edge Insider browser.
However, the Flash Player end of life will finally take place by December 31, 2020, so the Flash will be disabled by default in the next version of Microsoft Chromium-powered Edge.
In the next version of Microsoft Edge (built on Chromium), we will continue to retire Flash in the same timeframe as other Chromium-based browsers. You can learn more of that timeline in this blog post. Flash will initially be disabled, and the user will need to re-enable Flash on a site-by-site basis; Flash will be completely removed from the browser towards the end of 2020, mentioned a Windows blog post.– said Colleen Williams, a senior program manager for Microsoft Edge
Adobe Flash support ending from Google:
Similarly, Google decides to remove Flash Player from the new versions of Chrome. Ever since the release of Chrome 76, the Chrome users still need to enable the support for Flash Player again for a certain site even if they have set it as enabled in the past. Also, the exact date for Flash end of life is December 31, 2020.
Update on Microsoft’s Adobe Flash Ending Plan
There are a lot of rumors saying that Microsoft will bury the Flash support very soon. Recently, Microsoft made an update to dispel the rumors; it will end the Adobe Flash Player support gradually in the defined timeframe.
So what’s the cause of such rumors? The root reasons should be the information in a Microsoft support chat that has been received by a German blog. (The information is listed in the Quote from the previous section.)
What’s included in the update?
As you may hear, users can still run Flash Player in both the Internet Explorer 11 and the in-market version of Microsoft Edge, which is designed on the basis of EdgeHTML. This is very possible because Microsoft doesn’t plan to update these two browsers to disable Flash by default.
Currently, there are still some websites offers Adobe Flash support. However, the foreseeable future is the utility of Adobe Flash will get fading gradually as time goes on. After all, the famous companies, such as Microsoft, Google and Apple had confirmed their plan for Adobe Flash end of life.