How does Adobe Flash EOL affect your business?

Facts and Solutions

By Ana-Maria Bodog, 4th September, 2020


What killed Flash?

The countdown to 31st December 2020 is almost over. Only 4 months until Adobe will stop supporting Flash. This is no longer a secret since Adobe finally conceding defeat in July 2017, announcing that they will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encouraging content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to the new open formats (i.e. HTML5, WebGL, etc). At the time, Adobe’s decision wasn’t surprising since it lost the support from major web browsers that begun moving away from Flash.

It is well known that the downward trend was first signaled by Apple, a decade ago when Steve Jobs with his scandalous “Thoughts on Flash” memo, announced that Apple will not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods, and iPad addressing technical issues as poor performance, reliability, security, a lack of touch support and the emergence of new, open web standards.

For those who like a little history:

The two companies worked closely together for many years, actually “Apple was Adobe’s first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for Apple’s new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. Later, they worked together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times but since that golden era, the companies have grown apart.”

As a wise word sais: ”every ending is just a new beginning”- in this scenario, is about the end of the PC era and the rise of the mobile one that is about low power devices, touch interfaces, and open web standards — all areas where Flash falls short.

Are you safe?

Adobe has long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content — from video to games and more — on the web. Because Adobe says it will stop offering Flash player downloads at the end of the year and will even block Flash content running from players that remain installed on people’s computers, the hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of websites that still contain Flash content are facing a huge problem.

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Of course, from 2017 when Adobe made this statement public for the first time, until now, a part of those impacted, have taken all the safety measures they could, in order to help their business survive after the Adobe EOL(end-of-life) and to offer the visitors a great UX experience on their website.
But there are certainly businesses that the end-of-year event may find unprepared. Two questions arise here:

Are you among those who still have a website based on Flash content? Did you take all the safety measures in order to have your website still functional after December 31?

Migration Solutions

Over the past several years, open standards like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly have matured, most of them now providing many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. The change continued with helper apps that evolved to become plugins, then many of these plugin capabilities have been incorporated into open web standards, so that today the most browser vendors integrate the capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.

Source: Canva

In this context of Flash end-of-life, Adobe encourages content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats in collaboration with several of their technology partners — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla.

Adobe also declared that it will remain

“at the forefront of leading the development of new web standards and actively participate in their advancement. This includes continuing to contribute to the HTML5 standard and participating in the WebAssembly Community Group.”

Now that you have been informed about the available possibilities that guarantee the sustainability and durability of your business after December 31, all you have to do is to prioritize your migration plans and make a choice from the range of options mentioned above, that is best for your business and your website.

We can give you a hand

While all of this might sound overwhelming for those who don’t have a technical background, there’s good news. At LiftUp we have the right people with the necessary skills to assist you with this type of migration and help you grow and have success in the digital era.
So let the worrying to us, send us a message, we’ll review options and recommend the best course of action for your specific needs.



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