Adobe Flash suffers near-death experience

Adobe finally acknowledged HTML5’s future, but don’t count on Flash being dead yet… Introducing Adobe Animate:

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.

Today, open standards like HTML5 have matured and provide many of the capabilities that Flash ushered in. Our customers have clearly communicated that they would like our creative applications to evolve to support multiple standards and we are committed to doing that. So today we are announcing Animate CC, previously Flash Professional CC, which will be Adobe’s premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content while continuing to support the creation of Flash content. Adobe Animate CC will be available in early 2016. In addition, Adobe will release an HTML5 video player for desktop browsers, which will complement Adobe’s support for HTML5 on mobile. [Visit the Primetime blog for more information].

Flash did “push the web forward” but at the expense of security and computing resources.

According to the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) data hosted on Mitre, there are 851 vulnerabilities related to Flash since 2001. And who knows how many zero-day exploits are in the wild right now. Things got so bad that years ago Apple released a Safari update which disabled some versions of Flash by default, and Google decided to sandbox Adobe Flash player into Chrome rather than having users install the plugin. Most current versions of browsers now have adopted to sandbox Flash to protect users. And that’s not counting the various browser extensions which promise to disable Flash as users navigate the Web.

Five years ago Steve Jobs famously penned an open letter to quell gripes about Apple mobile devices not supporting Flash. Half of the points he made was about performance and battery life. In his view, Flash’s hunger for CPU cycles would diminish the great user experience on the iPhone and iPad. Looks like he’s finally won this argument, even though he did not live to see it.

These days I don’t even have the Flash plugin on my main browser of choice, Safari. Honestly, I don’t even miss it as I surf. And if I come across any site which requires Flash, I’ll just switch to Chrome.

Can’t wait to say goodbye, Adobe Flash.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s