The most scintillating news from the techie genre is here. Much pervasive, Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash, the technology which was used to power most of the media content found online, will retire at the end of 2020, as declared by the company.
Along with its partners, enlisting names like Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc and Mozilla Corp, Adobe regarded that within the next three years, the support for Flash will ultimately wither down the internet in phases.
Post-2020, Adobe is planning to stop releasing the updates for Flash and also regarded that the web browsers would no longer support it. In fact, the company itself is alluring the developers to shift their software base to the updated programming standards.
As per the words of Govind Balakrishnan, the Vice President of product development, Adobe Creative Cloud, very few technologies could last such a positive and successive impact over the internet era.
A quick flashback:
Since its inception 20 years back, Flash was the most sought after software used by developers for the creation of games, video players, and applications that could run smoothly on multiple web browsers. With the takeover of Flash by Adobe in 2005 purchase of Macromedia, the technology stated that 98% of the computers got connected to the Web at that juncture.
What brought the change in the situation?
It was in the year 2010, that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs criticized Flash’s reliability and performance, which lead to a downfall in the popularity. This lead to the emergence of HTML 5 as the alternative.
In addition, the most popular Web Browser, Google Chrome has reported about the drastic falling of Flash’s popularity. In 2014, each day almost 80% of the desktop users opted for Flash, while at present the number has decreased to almost 17%. Thus, this clearly states about the migration of the sites to open web technologies, thought to be more safe and power-efficient.
The latest scenario reveals states that Flash will be still used by some Online gamers. Also, it will work with Facebook and Unity Technologies and Epic Games to help developers, migrate their games.
Lastly, Adobe is quite confident about gaining more opportunities in a post-Flash world and does not expect that the end of Flash will matter anything to Adobe, in the overall scenario.