End of Life for Adobe Flash

End of life for Adobe Flash
It's taken years longer than it should but it's finally here: the end of life for Adobe Flash.

Go to the Adobe Flash Player EOL General Information Page for the announcement we've all been waiting for:

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

Some users may continue to see reminders from Adobe to uninstall Flash Player from their system.  See below for more details on how to uninstall Flash Player.

Adobe only released the final Flash Player update on December 8, 2020, despite the announcement that it would stop supporting Flash around three years ago. Support ends on December 31, 2020 with Flash being removed from many products that ship with Flash components or support Flash integration shortly after. 

If you still have it, ask yourself why: it's outdated, inaccessible under web standards and a serious security vulnerability. We now have HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly. Even Adobe now says to uninstall it.

Most web browsers stripped out Flash components already, YouTube stopped allowing Flash video updates years ago, and Steve Jobs himself eliminated Flash from all Apple products. 

And yet Flash has only just been declared dead. That's almost nine years since I declared in a podcast that Flash would be dead within eighteen months, who's counting.

Hooray, the Wicked Witch is dead. RC