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Adobe set to bid goodbye to Flash

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WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 26, 2017, 02.19 PM (IST)

Adobe has announced that it will stop updating the Flash Player which is expected to shutdown by 2020. 

Netizens used Flash widely to watch online videos and play online games, but with technology improving, users steadily moved away from it.

In recent years, browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Safari have been deprecating Flash in favour of its alternative HTML5. The fact that Adobe had become a major target for hackers added to the company's problems.

In fact, Apple never supported Flash in its phone. 



Adobe wrote in its blog, "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."

Until 2020, Adobe will be in partnership with Apple, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Google to assist its users till they migrate to a different platform. It will provide security updates for flash in their browsers and support new versions. However, Adobe has refused to offer any new feature in Flash. 

The blog added: "Adobe will also 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. And we’ll continue to provide best in class animation and video tools such as Animate CC, the premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content, and Premiere Pro CC."


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