Adobe has released the final scheduled update to its Flash Player plugin. This update has come weeks before the final retirement of Flash Player on December 31, 2020. The announcement of retirement was made by Adobe back in 2017. Major browsers and platforms are also ending support for Flash.
“Adobe will no longer support Flash Player after December 31, 2020, and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021; Adobe strongly recommends all users to uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems immediately,” the company wrote in the release notes of the final Flash Player release.
This Flash Player update was the last one outside China, which themselves have a separate version of it. 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.”
Adobe Flash player was first introduced in 1996. It was the most popular choice to run the animations and play games on its web browser. Slowly with time, Flash player couldn’t compete with the market and with security issues detected not so long ago. Other open standards like HTML5 are more secure to run the games. Therefore the company has now decided to bid farewell to once everyone’s popular choice.