Adobe Flash receives final update before shutdown at the end of the year

Adobe has just released its final update for Adobe Flash, ahead of the platform’s planned shutdown at the end of the year. December 31, 2020 will be the day that Flash reaches its EoL (end of life), with Adobe actively blocking server-side requests from Flash from January 12, 2021.

Adobe Flash is software platform that made it easy for developers to produce animations, web applications, mobile games, and more. As the adoption of HTML5 and JavaScript grew, the use of Adobe Flash In real-world applications declined. Eventually, mobile devices stopped supporting Flash in 2011.

Though Flash is now seen as a relic of an ancient time, the platform breathed life into the internet, making static pages and dull web pages come to life. However complicated Adobe Flash made installation seemed, there was a point where you couldn’t browse the internet without having Flash installed on your computer.

Adobe says in the final release notes, “We want to take a moment to thank all of our customers and developers who have used and created amazing Flash Player content over the last two decades.  We are proud that Flash had a crucial role in evolving web content across animation, interactivity, audio, and video.  We are excited to help lead the next era of digital experiences.”

Adobe has emphasized that it will continue to contribute towards the development of the HTML5 standard, and its Adobe AIR platform. The company reminds users to uninstall Flash from their computers, to protect against undetected security bugs.

The future of the web is clear—JavaScript and HTML5 is the only practical way to build web applications now. The internet would not be the way it is now without Adobe Flash, and the platform will always be remembered in history as a catalyst to the dawn of the internet.

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