The End of an Era - Next Steps for Adobe Flash

Installing Adobe Flash Player on Windows

Installing Adobe Flash Player on Windows

At the end of 2020, the company will stop updating and distributing the online tool, a separate plug-in that improves graphically intensive activities for Web surfers like video and playing games, Adobe said in a blog post.

Adobe has said that it will phase out the internet media software by 2020.

Adobe saying, "In collaboration with several of our technology partners including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, Adobe is planning to end-of-life (EOL) Flash".

Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins. "Over time, we've seen helper apps evolve to become plugins and more recently, have seen many of these plugins capabilities get incorporated into open web standards", the company stated.

The bug was discovered by FireEye researchers when they noticed it was actively exploited in a phishing campaign that targets companies involved in defense, high technology, aerospace, telecommunications, transportation, and many more fields.

Leading web browsers - including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox - already discontinued Flash support. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash for all sites in 2018.

Editor's Remarks: Apple founder Steve Jobs hated it, and now Adobe is finally shutting down their proprietary software. It is believed that these new formats are better technically and in functionality as compared to Flash. The multimedia platform often posed as a security risk for a majority of internet users since hackers could easily replicate the update mechanism of Flash to spread malware.

According to Ben Bajarin an analyst at Creative Strategies, Flash has increasingly made the web the worst place for organizations and individuals for more than a decade and it's good news that Adobe is ending it.

In addition, they plan to move more aggressively to EOL Flash in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed.

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