So long, and thanks for all the Flash!
It’s indeed an end of an era. In a rather surprising (not really, yeah?) announcement, Adobe today announced that it will kill Flash by the end of 2020.
Adobe will however continue to support Flash on major operating systems and browsers through the planned end of life (EOL).
Why is Adobe killing Flash?
Quite simply because Flash lost the battle. This is Adobe’s long-overdue apology to the millions of web users for poor Flash experience over the past two decades.
In Adobe’s own words:
Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla — Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.
The most famous incident associated with Adobe Flash is the then Apple CEO — late Steve Jobs’ April 2010 essay documenting his views on why Apple didn’t allow Flash on iPhones, iPods, and iPads. For very many right reasons, of course.
Better late than never.