Get ready to say farewell to Flash, because it’s finally official: Adobe’s long maligned format will soon be no more.
Adobe released a press release on Tuesday, July 25th, stating that [they are] ‘planning to end-of-life Flash’. The process will be gradual though; in the same statement the company specifies that they will stop updating and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020. Until then, browser and operating system compatibility will be maintained and necessary features will be added. So that in the next three years or so, content creators will have time to ‘migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats’ (meaning HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly).
What does this mean for NOS Apps, you might wonder? Well, thankfully not a whole lot! Like many other companies, we decided to forego Flash in favor for more secure options from the start.
That said, Flash’s demise probably won’t mean that much for you personally either, as many browsers have gradually turned their backs on the plugin over the past few years. Steve Jobs kicked Flash off iOS back in 2010 and it hasn’t been on Android since 2012.
As for the biggest browsers, Chrome needs your explicit permission to use Flash as a default since late last year; Mozilla will disable Flash by default in 2019 and starting next month users will have to choose which websites use the plugin; and Microsoft plans to phase out support in Edge and Internet Explorer before 2020, with Edge asking for users to ok Flash for certain sites by the end of this year.
Experts agree that the internet will run smoother and be safer when Flash is gone, but as ever, it is still important to take steps to secure your data yourself. And that’s where we come in. NOS Apps never collects or sells your information, and because only you hold the key to your encrypted data we can’t access your files or chats at all – not that we want to.