ADOBE HAS announced that it's finally putting its mangy and parasitic petri dish of outdated resource hogging plug-in hell out to pasture.
The company confirmed last night that it will "encourage content creators to build with new web standards", by which it means no more Flash. Well, ish.
Flash was actually killed off in around 2006, but no-one bothered to tell a number of developers, web designers or indeed Adobe itself. As a result the company has been frantically patching an ever more vulnerability-ridden runtime. The firm released 69 vulnerability fixes for its products last month alone.
Most major browser makers have already taken steps to limit the effect of Flash, whether by reducing its functionality or doing away with it altogether, and the writing has been on the wall for some time.
Adobe has simply bowed to public opinion and opted to rename Flash Professional CC as Animate CC, acknowledging that it offers options to produce rich content in the more standard HTML5, without removing Flash support altogether. That would be a bridge too far.
Always one to start with a joke, an Adobe blog post reads: "Adobe has a history of pioneering and advancing industry standards. We embrace standards and, where none exist, we create them. Flash has played a leading role in bringing new capabilities to the web. From audio and animation to interactivity and video, Flash has helped push the web forward."
Then the weirdly logical but bizarre revelation emerges: "In that spirit, today we are announcing that we are working together with Facebook to help ensure Flash gaming content on Facebook continues to run reliably and securely. As part of this cooperation, Facebook will report security information that helps Adobe improve Flash Player."
So, Flash is not simply going to disappear overnight. There are millions of pages, embedded games, video streams and, of course, adverts that use the Flash runtime, and everything will continue to function despite Adobe retiring the name and discouraging further development. It will be up to individual developers to move on from Flash, and this will take time.
Many archived and abandoned web pages will never be updated and will eventually just cease to work once the browser companies pull the plug. This is moving closer now that Adobe itself has acknowledged that Flash is a battery draining, resource hogging cesspit of millennial arse. Or at least implied it. µ
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