Adobe Flash has become a thing of the past after almost 30 years. Flash content across the world has already been blocked by Adobe. And notifications have been sent to users, warning them to discontinue using and uninstall Flash Player.
Adobe Flash and Flash Player are officially dead. The company officially announced that it will block all of the Flash contents from running starting January 12, 2021. Flash had its final update last December and after the official closure, the Software will not be advisable to use. At the official announcement, Adobe strongly recommends all users to uninstall Flash Player in order to protect their system from potential damage it may cause.
Few months before its final Flash update, Adobe already added code restricting Flash from running within the browser plugin. Such that after its official closure Flash content can no longer be updated and could be harmful to continue using.
Early days of Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash had been thriving for several years since it started in 1996. For a time, it became the dominant software in the industry. However, when the Apple iPad and iPhone started last 2010, Steve Jobs, the founder and the CEO then of Apple, revealed that the Flash content does not fit the iPad and iPhone. Around that time, Flash was the dominant software being used by almost a third of the websites globally.
Not uninstalling Flash will cause security breaches and can potentially cause major damage to the computer system. That is why Adobe continues to urge and strongly warn all their users to uninstall Flash Player.
Early this year, Microsoft announced the release of the Windows 10 update for the Adobe Flash Player removal. The update has been available as an optional update since October on the Windows Update Catalog. The update will permanently remove Adobe Flash Player as part of the Windows devices.
Since October, Microsoft has been recommending users to install the update as it is already available for the users. Once an update is done, the users can no longer uninstall the update.
Early announced of planned ending of Flash
Actually, Adobe started announcing its plan to end Flash in the mid of 2017 together with Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. During the transitional process, browser makers like Mozilla and Google revealed their intention to end the default support for Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plugins. Mozilla decided to shift all third party NPAPI plugins from activating by default to “click-to-play model” in its browser.
Around that time the browser makers could not include Flash yet because of the huge volume and variety of Flash contents across the websites.
The major shift started in the emergence of mobile browsers that did not support NPAPI plugins, as well as its security vulnerability.