Flash is (nearly) dead. Google, maker of the popular Chrome browser, has announced that it will drop Adobe Flash support across all but a few websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitch and Amazon.
Officially Adobe’s Flash Player will still be bundled with Chrome, but “its presence will not be advertised by default.”
There is tremendous momentum for the shift to HTML5 but Adobe has stated that since Flash continues to be used in areas such as education, web gaming and premium video, the company will continue to support Flash with updates and fixes.
Detractors say Flash is a closed, proprietary system on a web that deserves open standards and creates vulnerabilities that hackers are eager to exploit. Many see it as a resource-heavy battery suck that drives users crazy in pop-up ads.
Facebook security boss Alex Stamos has said there should be a termination date for Flash, and in July of 2015 Mozilla disabled all current versions of the plug-in by default in Firefox.
Back in February of 2016, Adobe announced that Flash Professional would be know as “Animate CC”. As Adobe evangelist Paul Trani explained to techcrunch.com’s Frederic Lardinois “about a third of the content product in Flash Professional was actually HTML5 content” and “HTML5 has become the standard and this reflects the tool’s role.”
Hopefully, HTML5 will prove to be the white knight who rides in to save us all from this technological dinosaur.