No, we aren’t talking Flash Gordon here, but rather Adobe’s software Flash that has been used as a mostly gaming and video software for about the last 20 years.
In an announcement by Adobe themselves, the software company announced that it will finally kill flash by 2020 and that if you’re using it as a developer, you have two plus years to start switching things over.
So what happened?
Although Flash has been around for a very long time, it’s actually one of those things that although being updated by Adobe, is simply going the way of the buggy whip.
It’s just not needed anymore.
And good riddance as far as I am concerned.
Flash is one of those browser extensions that at least on Firefox browser, kills the speed of internet surfing.
Not only is it slow, but it also is known to allow viruses and cause other problems for computer users. In fact, you shouldn’t be running Flash at all.
Even Steve Jobs banned Flash from any Apple product, saying it was “a relic, not the future.” And we whole hartedly agree!
Jobs also knocked Flash for being proprietary, sapping battery power, not supporting multitouch interfaces, posing security risks, and being unstable. “Flash is the No. 1 reason Macs crash,” Jobs said.
Another problem Jobs had with Flash is that it is solely owned by Adobe. He believes on the development side of things there shouldn’t be a third party.
So what happens now?
Well, for a little while anyways you can still use Flash. But very soon most browsers will start asking you every time you try using Flash if you want to run the program.
But after 2020, it will no longer be supported by Adobe or any of the browsers.
And that means finally being forced to step into the future with things like HTML5 for gaming development, SVG for vector images and charts, WebGL for 3D graphics and Web Assembly, which is looking to turbo charge web software like games.