Flash is dead, ending a technological era

Flash, an all in one Adobe System’s technology uses to display online media content, will end its journey by the end of 2020, the software company announced in July 7.

Adobe, along with Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Facebook and Mozilla released that Flash will drop its popularity in over the next three years.

After 2020, Adobe will stop releasing updates for Flash and web browsers will no longer support Flash. Companies are encouraging developers to shift their software to modern programming standards.

Govind Balakrishnan, vice president of product development for Adobe Creative Cloud said that some technologies have had a fundamental and positive impact in the internet era.

Developed 20 years ago, Flash has been favorite software for developers to create games, software to watch videos on computers and applications to run different web browsers. When Adobe acquired Flash in the acquisition of Macromedia 2005, the technology was present on 98% of computer users connect to the web.

However, the popularity of Flash began to decline gradually after Apple decided not to support this software on the iPhone. In an official letter in 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs criticized the reliability, security and performance of Flash. Then, other technologies such as HTML emerge as alternatives to Flash.

Many web browsers have asked users to turn on Flash before running the software. Google’s Chrome, the most popular web browser, the use of Flash has dropped dramatically. In 2014, Flash was used every day reaching 80% of the desktop users. This current figure is 17% and continues to decline.

Google said that this trend shows the pages are turning to open, faster and more efficient than Flash.  However, Flash will still be used in some of the online game programming. Adobe says it will partner with Facebook as well as Unity Technologies and Epic Games to help developers transition their games.

Adobe says that the company does not expect the twilight of Flash to have a lasting impact. In fact, we think Adobe’s chances are bigger in a world after Flash.

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