Farewell, Adobe Flash: the Official Shutdown Date Is Announced

As of 2021, Adobe Flash will no longer be available.
Fabienne Lang

Back in 2017, Adobe made the announcement that it would be closing off its Flash multimedia platform. It's kept its promise and has now announced the official date when it will stop offering Flash: December 31, 2020

Flash has played an integral role in the rise of certain parts of the internet, especially in the late 90s and early 2000s. Flash assisted interactivity in websites by offering animations, games, and sometimes videos. 

Now, its resting day is quickly approaching. 


Why is Adobe closing off Flash?

Incredibly, back in the day, YouTube almost solely relied on Flash to help stream its videos across to millions of people around the world. 

However, in the latter part of the 2000s, Flash became less and less popular with the rise of other, more powerful, open-source platforms such as HTML 5 and CSS 3. Moreover, there was a strong need for a more efficient standard to run on smartphones. 

Even as far back as 2010 Adobe Flash could sense its doomsday arising. Apple founder Steve Jobs wrote an open letter in which he explained why Apple products such as the iPad, iPhone, and any future devices, would not support Flash. 

Given how popular Apple products are around the world, it's clear to see why Flash lost a lot of 'work'. 

Now, if something requires you to use Flash in order to run you feel like you're dialing it back to 2005. 

Flash isn't going to disappear altogether come December 31 this year, though. Adobe mentions that it will simply stop distributing and updating Flash. So if you decide to keep your Flash from 2021 onwards, you should know that there won't be any further security or privacy patches. 

It almost goes without saying that Flash has run a great course. Lasting over two decades during the boom of the internet, it certainly lasted longer than many people believed.

What a ride it's been, Flash, thanks for the good times. Luckily for you, there are still many incredible Adobe options out there that will keep running for a while yet. 

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