Adobe reveals retirement date for Flash Player

End of 2020 deadline revealed

Austin Clark | 26th Jul 17

Charities are being encouraged to phase out any remaining Flash-based content after Adobe confirmed that it will cease updating and distributing its Flash Player at the end of 2020.

Content creators will be encouraged to migrate existing content to alternative ‘open’ formats such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly. In a statement Adobe cited the decreasing need for plugins as much of its functionality has been offered by those formats.

The statement said: “As open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.

“Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”