Adobe Flash Player Says Goodbye as the Service Permanently Shuts Down Before the New Year

Adobe has launched its final update for Flash Player, and is now solemnly offering farewells to the millions of users that have benefited from it over the years.

Most of us were probably aware that Adobe Flash was going to be leaving us rather soon, but a lot of users are not ready to accept this fact. Google Chrome and other browsers have been flashing warnings since the start of the year, warning users that they will stop supporting Flash as soon as the new year rolls by. Adobe itself released a notice on the 8th of this year, published with the final Flash update for regions outside of China. The notice stated that Adobe will stop supporting Flash Player after December 31st, and will only support content running on the platform until January 12th, 2021.

This news may bring out an uncharacteristic solemnity for most readers, and not without good cause. Flash has been a big part of all computer-owning millennials' childhoods. Let's take a look back, shall we? If one has at any point 1) played an online game, 2) used YouTube in its early days, 3) spent time on animation, 4) lurked around websites such as Newgrounds or Friv (even writing down the word Newgrounds brings up a fresh pang of nostalgia), they have encountered and used Flash.

This development isn't necessarily recent. Adobe has been announcing plans to disband Flash Player since 2017. This declaration came after quite a few factors fell in place. The system had already been handling a steady stream of criticism regarding its mobile battery usage and regular crashes. It had also been on the receiving end of a barrage of security threats and developmental flaws. All of this was capped off by a rather scathing letter published by Steve Jobs himself in 2010, listing all of the numerous reasons as to why iOS would never support Flash. Newer technology was also sliding in, quickly making the player's usage irrelevant.

So, yes, perhaps it really is time to say goodbye to the software. Perhaps all of this really is for the best. Adobe seems all-too reluctant to continue its usage, which really should be a solid indicator that the service has completely run its course. The company has already prompted Adobe users to uninstall Flash Player, with a short thank you note. And so, we bid it adieu and goodnight, with energy akin to what the internet felt as the Mars Opportunity Rover faced an oncoming storm and relayed a message of farewell as its battery ran out and the world got dark. Here's how internet is reacting on this development:

H/T: GH.

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