We all remember playing Flash Games online to pass the time in the early 2000s, but Adobe Flash is officially going to be unsupported and gone for good by the end of 2020. So, what does that mean for online media going forward?
Why Flash Back Then?
The internet has quickly evolved in the last 20 years, but one of the things web pages struggled with in the beginning was playing audio and video natively. The solution to this in those early days was Adobe Flash, which allowed websites to play audio and video before websites could do so naturally. Some websites from that era still rely on flash for their multimedia content.
Why Is It Leaving And What Comes After?
Since its release in 2014, most websites are coded in HTML5 which naturally integrates audio and video content without the need for the browser plugin. Mobile platforms also dropped Flash long ago with Apple removing it from its products in 2010 and Android following in 2012.
One of the major factors that contributed to Flash’s need for a replacement and subsequent implementation of that replacement is its rampant security issues. Flash is a browser plugin, making it an easy target for hackers to use as a way into users’ computers. There have been multiple instances in the past where Adobe failed to stay on top of these security risks. As a result, many browsers disabled the program entirely or the user must manually activate it.
What Happens To Flash Content After 2020?
When Flash goes, most modern websites and content will be unaffected since most websites currently most use HTML5 for their content. However, older websites that have Flash games and content will have a problem. They will have to either adapt to the new systems or their content will only be accessible through intentionally downloading an older unsupported version, which is very risky for users, or through programs like Flashpoint that are made to archive old internet Flash content.
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