Google and Mozilla pull the plug on Adobe Flash

Monday, December 21, 2015
Pulling  the plug on Flash
  • The end could be nigh for Adobe Flash.

    Leaked documents have revealed the program has a serious vulnerability that lets hackers take over anyone's computer.

    And despite various patches and attempts at fixes, Google and Mozilla have now both pulled support for the plugin on their respective Chrome and Firefox browsers.

    Check out the "Medium Rectangle" demo banner - delivered using just JavaScript and CSS without any JS libraries -total size including images - less than 40k.


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    What’s happened to Flash?

    Flash has had some security issues over the years, such as a malicious flaw that was discovered in June last year. Adobe is releasing patches to fix the issues each time to keep it secure, but they keep on occurring. 

    An alternative solution called HTML5 has now come along which is supported by companies including Microsoft and Google. It supports the same multimedia elements as Flash but without the mass of security issues. Web developers have begun moving across to HTML5 instead of Flash.


    Is Adobe stopping Flash? Yes.

    Adobe has announced that it will phase out the Flash Player by the end of 2020. Earlier this year the company announced that the software for making Flash, Flash Professional CC, is being renamed to Animate CC. Adobe said it is changing what users can make with the software, to "encourage content creators to build with new web standards," such as HTML5.