The Last Ever Flash Update Has Shipped

Adobe has released the final scheduled update to its Flash Player plugin, weeks before Flash’s official retirement. Here’s the details from The Verge:

As noted on Adobe’s site, yesterday marked the last update for Flash outside mainland China, which has a separate version of the software. Adobe will stop supporting Flash on December 31st, 2020, and it will block Flash content from running on January 12th, 2021. Adobe offered a brief farewell in its release notes. “We want to take a moment to thank all of our customers and developers who have used and created amazing Flash Player content over the last two decades,” the note says. “We are proud that Flash had a crucial role in evolving web content across animation, interactivity, audio, and video. We are excited to help lead the next era of digital experiences.”

Given how Flash has become such a security nightmare, I am not sorry to see Flash go. Most of the functionality of Flash is now in HTML5. Which means that it is a standard and it is more likely to be secure. That’s good for all. Now let’s hope that any web pages that use Flash disappear as quickly as possible.

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