The last scheduled update to its Flash Player plugin was released by Adobe, weeks before Flash’s official retirement. On December 31, 2020, Adobe will stop promoting Flash, and on January 12, 2021, it will ban Flash content from running.
The latest update comes months after Microsoft revealed that it will end support for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer with Adobe Flash Player by the end of 2020. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are both expected to say goodbye to Adobe Flash Player, which was once a common solution for running multimedia content on the Internet, alongside Microsoft’s browsers.
Bear in mind that the discontinuation of the Adobe Flash player would not impact most individuals, since most big websites have already migrated to other platforms. Notably, Apple users, iPhone’s and iPad’s in particular, as both iOS and iPad’s never supported Flash, to begin with.
For those unaware, one of the reasons why major websites moved away from Adobe Flash was due to various vulnerabilities in the platform. This exposed many users of PCs and Macs to malware and even various other security risks. This forced many businesses, such as Microsoft and Apple, to work tirelessly to address the various security problems. Thus, several finally made the transition to other formats.
“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 mentioned in a blog post.
As per the source, as part of previous updates, the mechanism to fully destroy Flash Player is not currently part of the new update and has been available for some time. This means that even though you do not install the final update, you will not be able to miss the end-of-life of Flash Player. However, the latest update contains a changed language to allow users to disable Flash Player before it ends.
To support users uninstall the Flash Player from their systems, Adobe has created a Flash Player EOL General Information page. The company also thanked all clients and developers who in the past had made the product so popular.