National

Posted: July 26, 2017

Adobe to finally kick Flash to the curb

A window on the Mozilla Firefox browser shows the browser has blocked the Adobe Flash plugin from activating. According to online reports from 2015, Adobe Flash was easily exploitable on several fronts by hackers, who used Flash to gain access to a user's computer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Sean Gallup/Getty Images
A window on the Mozilla Firefox browser shows the browser has blocked the Adobe Flash plugin from activating. According to online reports from 2015, Adobe Flash was easily exploitable on several fronts by hackers, who used Flash to gain access to a user's computer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

By Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Are you a frequent user of Adobe’s Flash? If so, it will be time to say goodbye soon, because the company announced that it will get rid of the program by the end of 2020. 

» RELATED: Google launches SOS alerts in Maps and Search to help users during a crisis

The corporation broke the news this week, revealing that its partners - Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc and Mozilla Corporation - will phase out support for Flash over the next three years. 

>> Read more trending news

In 2020, Adobe will no longer release updates and browsers will no longer support it. 

The decision comes after Flash’s usage begin to dwindle in 2010 after Apple decided not to use it for iPhones. Since then, more modern applications were created, and Flash continued to suffer. 

» RELATED: Microsoft Paint to be depreciated in next Windows release, could be removed in future

To prepare for the shift, companies are encouraging their developers to work with other programs. 

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.

» RELATED: The new Google Maps tracker will ruin your lies about being late 

Despite the end of Flash, its creators are still proud of its impact. 

“Few technologies have had such a profound and positive impact in the internet era,” Govind Balakrishnan, vice president of product development for Adobe Creative Cloud, told Reuters. “In fact, we think the opportunity for Adobe is greater in a post-Flash world.”

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.