Adobe Flash Is Dead, and It's About Time

A laptop with the Flash logo on the screen. monticello / Shutterstock

If you’re trying to access everything Flash today, first of all, why? But secondly, it probably doesn’t work. This is because Adobe cut support for flash at the end of 2020, and while plans to block Flash from January 12, major browsers do not wait. As of January 1, most browsers will block Flash completely, as will Microsoft in most versions of Windows. Flash is dead, as it should be.

If nothing else, Steve Jobs was often ahead of his time and made changes through touchscreens and other design revolutions. Another notch on his belt is the end of the beginning of Flash. After its much publicized “Reflections on FlashCriticizing the platform, she never really recovered.

And it’s good! HTML5 essentially replaced Flash years ago, and all major browsers support it. But it looks like a cultural loss. A decade ago, graphic designers spent months mastering Flash to create sites, games, etc. It brought us some entertaining content like Homestar Runner (ok, let’s be honest, Strong Bad), Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music, and more. Some of these sites still work best in Flash.

But they’ll either have to update or be left behind, and even Homestar Runner seems to be adjusting through his YouTube channel. Flash is ultimately an insecure protocol, and we’re better off without it. But it’s normal to remember where the internet started as we look to the future.

Source: Adobe

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