Adobe has released the final scheduled update of its Flash Player and announced that it will start blocking Flash content from running on January 12, 2021. The company also recommends that users uninstall Flash Player before it stops supporting it on December 31. Microsoft announced that it will end support for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer’s Adobe Flash Player before the end of 2020, before the new update. In addition to Microsoft’s browsers, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will also bid farewell to Adobe Flash Player, which was once a popular solution for running multimedia content on the Internet.

“Adobe will no longer support Flash Player after December 31, 2020, and Adobe will prohibit Flash content from running in Flash Player from January 12, 2021; Adobe strongly recommends that all users uninstall Flash Player immediately, To help protect its system.” The company wrote in the release notes for the final release of Flash Player.

By blocking content, Adobe will eventually restrict users from accessing any Flash content on its web browser.

As ZDNet clarified, the mechanism to completely kill Flash Player is not actually part of the latest update and can be used for a period of time (as part of the previous version). This means that even if you do not install the final update, you will not be able to skip the life of the Flash Player. However, the newly updated language has been modified to prompt the user to uninstall Flash Player before it completely stops running.

Adobe announced the elimination of Flash Player for the first time in July 2017. The company worked with Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Mozilla to make this decision. It also began to encourage developers to switch to modern programming standards and newer software technologies to help simplify migration.

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Flash Player was launched in January 1996, bringing rich applications into the web world and enabling early Internet users to play games and run animations on their web browsers. However, with the increasing popularity of HTML5, it began to lose its charm. Developers have also begun to embrace JavaScript on Flash to bring a newer experience.

In addition to extending HTML5 and JavaScript, Adobe Flash Player still faces the challenge of maintaining its leadership in this field due to many serious security issues and flaws. Companies including Google and Microsoft must fix some vulnerabilities from the beginning to protect their users.

Adobe provides a “Flash Player EOL General Information” page to help users uninstall Flash Player from the system. The company also thanks all customers and developers who have made the software so successful in the past.

“We are proud that Flash plays a key role in the development of web content across animation, interactivity, audio and video. We are excited to help usher in the next era of digital experience,” the company said.

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