Flash Flames Out – but It Will Smolder for a While

Flash Flames Out – but It Will Smolder for a While

By David Jones

Jul 27, 2017 12:18 PM PT

Adobe on Tuesday announced its decision to pull the plug on its much maligned Flash format, citing the growing use of HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly open standards.

Helper apps have evolved over time to become plugins, which then further evolved to become open Web standards, Adobe noted. However, because gaming, education and video have come to depend heavily on Flash over the years, its phaseout will be gradual.

The company will continue to update it with any necessary patches, maintain browser and operating system compatibility, and add features as necessary until 2020.

Adobe is working with partners Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla and Apple to smooth the transition. Each of those companies posted an update on how the shift will impact its browsers or interfaces.

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