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Adobe finally pulls plug on Flash Player

Adobe had launched the Flash Player in 1996. Back in those days, the application was so much in demand because it brought animations to the web.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | January 1, 2021 | Updated 11:00 IST

Highlights

  • Adobe discontinued Flash software on December 31, 2020.
  • Adobe would not block Flash content till January 12 but it will be removed from all the browsers.
  • The websites that offer games based on Flash and animations will also remove them. 

Adobe has finally plugged the plug on its Flash Player. The company discontinued Flash software on December 31, 2020. This means that the flash player will be removed from all the browsers. However, Adobe would not block Flash content till January 12 but it will be removed from all the browsers. Microsoft too will remove it from most of the versions of windows. The websites that offer games based on Flash and animations will also remove them.

Adobe had launched the Flash Player in 1996. Back in those days, the application was so much in demand because it brought animations to the web. The people who belong to the pre-smartphone era would know how important was having this application in the computers. In some of those popular games, animations were supported by Flash. Apart from games and animations, Flash also supported let YouTube and similar websites stream high-quality video.

However, the world moved towards smartphones and Adobe could not cope up with the changes. "We had optimized for lower-end phones with Flash Lite. It was incredibly successful in places like Japan, but it wasn't the same as the full desktop Flash. It wasn't fully compatible," David Mendels, former executive vice president of products at Adobe told BBC.

In 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that he would not run Flash on iPhones and iPads. He called it a security threat and also held the application responsible for a drain in the battery. "Flash was created during the PC era for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces, and open web standards all areas where Flash falls short. The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple's mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch the video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple's App Store proves that Flash isn't necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games." Jobs had said.

Following Flash's demise, gaming company Zynga had closed the original version of FarmVille on New Year's eve as it was based on Flash to run.

Adobe had asked its users to uninstall Flash from their systems. It had said: "Uninstalling Flash Player will help to secure your system since Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the end-of-life date."

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