We Now Know Precisely when Adobe Flash will Finally Officially Die

Adobe Flash Player plugin officially dies on December 31st 2020

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Adobe Flash Player’s end date has finally been revealed, bringing a final end to a long era of a widely popular internet plugin…

There was a time not all that long ago when Adobe’s Flash technology was ubiquitous. It made it possible to easily gain access to games, as well as video content. It even enjoyed a brief period of favorability among Android enthusiasts who wanted it support on the mobile OS. But, that time has passed, particularly over the past several years. Now, it’s official end has been revealed.

Adobe Flash Player Plugin Officially Dies on December 31st 2020

Although the Adobe Flash Player was once immensely popular in the web development community, it was always a security nightmare. (It likewise presented a very problematic system resource draining problem.) As other technologies came along, Adobe eventually decided to wind down support for the plugin in 2017.

Now, there’s official word on when the company will finally pull the plug on the tool — Thursday, December 31st, 2020. The organization just couldn’t make it competitive against other alternatives, like HTML5. 

“As previously announced in July 2017, Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player after December 31, 2020 (“EOL Date”). We made this announcement in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – which issued complementary announcements with more technical detail on what the Flash Player EOL will mean for developers, enterprises, and consumers using their specific OS environments or browsers.”

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