Adobe announces Flash is dead

Adobe on Tuesday announced that Flash is dead, but not until the end of 2020. This will presumably give any developers still using the technology to move to another platform.

As a user of Apple devices, the big question is, what does this mean for me? The simple answer is nothing. iOS has never supported the use of Flash, so iPhones and iPads will continue to work as they always have. You will be able to view the same content on your devices that you always have.

It really won’t affect Mac users either. Much of the Web content has moved away from Flash in past decade, and Flash hasn’t been pre-installed on the Mac since 2010. Even if you did install Flash, Safari required you to explicitly authorize it before it would run.

Of course, it was in 2010 that Steve Jobs wrote his Thoughts on Flash that caused a major stir in the industry. The fact is, Jobs was right in everything he said.

Adobe said it is working with Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. Each of those companies have posted their thoughts on the news.

Killing Flash is a good thing. The Web will move to more open standards, allowing everyone to see content without using proprietary technologies. Flash had its day, but it’s time to move on.

  • Matt Gillette
  • Billy Razzle


    • Brian Mickelson

      Finally! An apt use of “finally.”

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  • Caleb Hightower

    I remember some truly spectacular Flash-based websites back in the primitive HTML 4.x days. Could never embrace Flash as a platform, though.

    • Mo

      There were indeed some pretty animated UIs. I specifically remember one of them that killed my MacBook’s battery within a few minutes. At a client meeting. Good times.

      • Colin Mattson

        I spent three years of a CS degree unable to use my laptop as a truly mobile computer thanks to pretty Flash-based courseware. Ah, memories.

  • spazsquatch

    Lat year it was Bowie and Prince, this year it’s Flash and Windows Phone… I’ll take it.

  • John Kordyback

    Ding dong, the witch is dead…

  • rick gregory

    Unpossible. He’s in the new Justice League movie.

    • AmericanGuy1988

      Pfft, no, that’s just a kid in a dumb metal suit.

  • James Hughes

    Now Oracle needs to kill Java please.

    • john doofus

      I thought applets were already dead. Java on the server will live longer than you or I will.

      • John Kordyback

        Truer words were never said.

        • snowfarthing

          Sadly enough!

      • 1950nuclear

        Just like Graham, sad.

  • Mo

    FWIW, I wasn’t sorry to see the last of Silverlight, either. I wonder how traditional tv networks will adapt their crappy browser-based streams.

    • James Hughes

      Here’s looking at YOU Amazon.

      • Mo

        Ayup. Couldn’t remember the last time that particular choice had been presented to me.

  • McG

    Flash got on my nerves for being overused by website designers who wanted to be avant-garde and push the envelope — by making the websites they designed get in the way of anyone trying to use them, after they had been forced to wait all the extra time for the bloated code to finally load and initialize.

  • Bob Ellison

    A bit rich, Steve Jobs complaining about proprietary tech.

  • Not Funney

    “It really won’t affect Mac users, either of them.”

    Fixed it for you.

    • CptNerd

      Aren’t YOU special!

  • Jhn1

    Am I missing something? What are all the autoplay video ads running?

    • J.S.Bridges

      Something that ACTUALLY WORKS, without getting everything it touches munged-up beyond belief, meanwhile soaking-up gobs more megabytes than should be necessary!

      • Jhn1

        then how would I, as the user, computer owner, stop all autoplay. None of the Mozilla add-ons stop very many.

  • Archie Andy

    Personally, I want flash back. Flash was easy to block on websites. Whatever they are using now is harder to kill than a cockroach.