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.