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Adobe Flash Reaches End of Life ➝

Steve Jobs, in April 2010:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Adobe, in present day:

Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.

Even back in 2010, many of us knew this day would come eventually. I’m actually a little surprised that it took this long.

➝ Source: web.archive.org

The End of Flash ➝


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.

I haven’t had the Flash plug-in installed in my primary browser since 2010. And, with my transition to iOS over the past few years, I haven’t missed it one bit. I’m glad they’re finally pulling the plug on it. Although, I think they should have done it sooner.

Firefox to Start Blocking Flash Content in August ➝

Sebastian Anthony, reporting for ArsTechnica:

Firefox will begin retiring Adobe Flash on August 2 with the release of Firefox 48. In 2017, probably with Firefox 53, Flash plug-ins will require the user to actively click-to-play.

First we learned that Google Chrome was going to begin phasing out Flash later this year and now Firefox is following in their footsteps. This is a trend I can get behind.

Safari 10 Will No Longer Load Legacy Plug-Ins by Default ➝

Ricky Mondello, writing on the WebKit weblog:

By default, Safari no longer tells websites that common plug-ins are installed. It does this by not including information about Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime in navigator.plugins and navigator.mimeTypes. This convinces websites with both plug-in and HTML5-based media implementations to use their HTML5 implementation.

This is a step in the right direction towards a Flash-free web. If you’d like to experience it now, I suggest uninstalling Flash altogether and using John Gruber’s workaround if you come across any stubborn websites.

Google Chrome to Phase Out Adobe Flash Later This Year ➝

Interestingly, I started using Google Chrome as a way to phase out Flash in 2010, upon the recommendation of John Gruber.

Chrome Will Begin Pausing Flash Ads by Default ➝

Sarah Perez, writing for TechCrunch:

According to a new post on Google+, the company says that, starting on September 1st, Chrome will begin to pause many Flash ads by default in order to improve performance for its users. This change was first announced in June, and initially rolled out to the beta version of the Chrome desktop web browser.

Ad blocking features, just like pop-up blockers, will eventually become ubiquitous in web browsers. There’s no point in fighting it, it’s time to find other ways to monetize.

Adobe Needs to Kill Flash ➝

Graham Cluley:

It’s perhaps not surprising that some think it’s time for Adobe Flash to call it a day, pack its bags, and leave town for good.

Amongst those who would be happy to see the back of Adobe Flash is Alex Stamos, Facebook’s newly-appointed security chief.

In a tweet this weekend, Stamos – who is a respected member of the security community who is credited for improving the security stance of Yahoo at his previous job – said that it was time for Adobe to announce when Flash would be killed off, and for browsers to assist by dropping support at the same time.

I uninstalled Flash from my Mac right around the time John Gruber wrote about using Google Chrome as a sort-of Flash player for websites that practically require it. Since then I’ve needed Chrome less and less often, experienced improved battery life, and had a cooler running MacBook to boot.

At some point Flash will be no more. I just hope it goes quietly — without users or browser makers having to drag it away, kicking and screaming while Adobe loudly protests during the process.

(Via Nick Heer.)

Chrome is Still a Threat to Your MacBook’s Battery ➝

During the Verge’s testing of the recently released MacBook they found drastic differences in battery life when using Google Chrome instead of Safari. In the test —which cycles through webpages with screen brightness at 65% until the battery dies — the MacBook managed to last 13 hours and 18 minutes while using Safari but only lasted 9 hours and 45 minutes with Chrome. That’s over three and a half  hours difference.

Vlad Savov doesn’t go into the reasons for this large of a discrepancy, aside from his mention of Apple’s ability to optimize Safari better using their advanced knowledge of hardware and operating system changes. But, could this be due to Chrome having Flash built-in and Apple’s decision to remove it from the default OS X installation?