End of flash player and be replaced by HTML5 and others


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In July 2017, Adobe announced that Adobe Flash Player will reach “End of Life” (EOL) on Thursday, December 31, 2020. After this date, Adobe Flash Player will no longer be supported or distributed by Adobe.

Adobe says that once Flash reaches its EOL date, there will be no further updates or security patches. Adobe would also prompt users to uninstall Flash Player and plans to remove all Flash Player download links from their website. In addition, Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021. Some of the major browser vendors have collaborated on this effort and will disable Flash Player in respective browsers by the end of 2020: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla.

Microsoft stated: “After December 2020, you will no longer receive ‘Security Update for Adobe Flash Player’ from Microsoft that applies to Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11.”

We recommend users to stop using Adobe Flash before Dec 31 and uninstall all installations of Flash Player in their environment. Windows and Mac users can follow these instructions to uninstall Flash

Welcome HTML5

App and Web developers have known for a long time that Flash would no longer be supported after December 2020. But as many of you who play games online know, a lot of game sites are still using Flash. The onus is on the curators to get with the times, get rid of Flash and use HTML5 – along with JavaScript (not the same as Java applets) and CSS3 to replace flash.

According to Techtarget…

HTML 5 is a revision of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the standard programming language for describing the contents and appearance of Web pages.

HTML5 was developed to solve compatibility problems that affect the current standard, HTML4. One of the biggest differences between HTML5 and previous versions of the standard is that older versions of HTML require proprietary plugins and APIs. (This is why a Web page that was built and tested in one browser may not load correctly in another browser.) HTML5 provides one common interface to make loading elements easier. For example, there is no need to install a Flash plugin in HTML5 because the element will run by itself…

In other words, HTML5 (along with a little help from its friends, JavaScript and CSS3) will replace Flash in that it allows for rich content, gaming, animations, and media of all types… but without any browser extensions or plugins and sans the vulnerabilities that have long plagued Adobe Flash.