Adobe will finally retire Flash in 2020

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 27, 2017

Adobe further stated that it would cease updating and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020.

Adobe is encouraging content developers to switch to an open format like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly.

Adobe has said that it will phase out the internet media software by 2020.

But until end-of-life in 2020, Adobe will continue to release security patches for Flash, keeping up with browser and operating system changes to make sure it's compatible and adding new features and capabilities as they're needed by the industry.

As open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide numerous capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.

The bug was discovered by FireEye researchers when they noticed it was actively exploited in a phishing campaign that targets companies involved in defense, high technology, aerospace, telecommunications, transportation, and many more fields.

Flash first launched more than 20 years ago, and many developers used it as a way to create a variety of applications, such as video games, that were able to run on several web browsers.

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Even before the infamous zero-day vulnerability happened, computer vendors and Internet sites had already started shifting away from Flash.

"We remain fully committed to working with partners, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content".

The software company will also try and stop the use of the Flash player in certain places where it's being distributed illegally as an unlicensed or outdated version.

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While Steve Jobs' decision started a trend among tech companies to not support Adobe Flash in newer software platforms, it was Adobe's decision to cancel Flash Player for mobile that really started the count down for the ultimate demise of the platform.

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