Adobe to kill Flash in 2020
Adobe will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020
Adobe is ending its support for Flash Player by 2020.
The software giant said in a statement: "We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats."
Abode revealed that usage had declined as 80% of Chrome users visited a Flash-enabled site in 2014, but this declined to 17% this year.
Despite the revelation, Adobe states that several industries, such as gaming, education and video, still rely on Flash, therefore Adobe will support Flash until 2020 to help customers and partners finanlise their migration plans.
The statement added: "Adobe will continue to support Flash on a number of major OSs and browsers that currently support Flash content through the planned EOL. This will include issuing regular security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility and adding features and capabilities as needed.
"We remain fully committed to working with partners, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content."
Apple is in support of the Flash removal and Microsoft has revealed it will end Flash by default in Edge and Internet Explorer in mid to late 2019, followed by a full removal in 2020. Google will gradually phase the software out and Mozilla's Firefox users will select which sites run on the Flash.
"Looking ahead, Adobe will continue to provide the best tools and services for designers and developers to create amazing content for the web," Adobe said.
The end of Flash was predicted seven years ago when Apple's Steve Jobs said the software would soon become obsolete. According to an Apple software engineer, Apple had tested mobile Flash in 2008 for the iPhone but it was never instilled.