Gabriel Verret

The Death of Flash

After more than twenty years of existence, the Flash technology is about to retire for good this year. Adobe, its owner, will stop technical support, maintenance and updates at the end of 2020, probably late december.

Flash is known for being intensive on resources, which is really bad for laptops. Also, it’s slow and unsafe.

According to statistics, about 17% of Google Chrome users visits Flash-based websites.

The last Safari Developer Beta, launched on January 22nd, doesn’t support Flash anymore. It’s even impossible to install it manually. Firefox disables it by default since 2019, and its support will end at the end of the year. Same for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Developers are invited to switch on more recent technologies, like HTML5 of WebGL. A lot of Facebook games are still using Flash.