Adobe has announced that the Flash Player will be phased out by the end of 2020, effectively “killing” the plugin.
“Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” said the company in a statement.
Until then, Adobe will still be working with Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Mozilla to support Flash content.
Adobe said it would be focusing on other open standards, such as HTML5 and WebAssembly.
Flash has been struggling for years with security concerns and hacking problems, with Adobe being unable to provide security updates fast enough to keep users safe. In 2015, Adobe replaced Flash Professional software with the more HTML5-focused Adobe Animate, five years after Steve Jobs complained about Flash’s security and performance issues.