Adobe Flash is dead, long live HTML5 or 6 or 7….

Adobe Flash is dead, long live HTML5 or 6 or 7….
January 13, 2021 Comments Off on Adobe Flash is dead, long live HTML5 or 6 or 7…. News Fred Dickey

A long long time ago, eons in computer time, there was this really cool way of doing animations and other multimedia content on the web called Flash. In order for Flash to work, you had to have a browser plugin made by the creators of flash, Adobe. This was the Adobe Flash Player.

Over the years companies like Google designed their own flash player that was directly embedded into their web browser. Then a century or so of computer time ago, around 2015, a newly revised version of the HTML web language was released and all major web browsers adopted as their native language called HTML5. HTML5 supports multimedia functions very similar to what could have been done with Flash natively and various web Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) could be developed that rivaled that of Flash with a combination of HTML5 and the latest versions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) scripts that web browsers could interpret natively without any additional plugins or apps.

Very quickly, websites began adopting HTML5 and Adobe Flash became a red headed step child that continually represented a security issue as it made an excellent attack vector for malicious actor. The technology industry as a whole, including its maker, Adobe finally got fed up with all of the security threats it represented and said enough is enough and here we are in 2021 without any support whatsoever for Flash.

There were free gaming websites that was the last bastion of Flash content on the web and for the past couple of years we have been pointing people to the Microsoft App store found in all versions of Windows 10 for free games very similar if not identical to the ones on those websites but are not written in a software language long since abandoned as vaporware.

If you still have a version of flash installed on your device, you will likely get a notification from one of several tech companies that intend on eliminating all traces of Flash ever having existed. You might as well remove it because it won’t work on the web anymore as of the end of December 2020.

Hasta la Vista Adobe Flash and good riddance.

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Fred Dickey Fred is the owner and founder of Fast Assist. Fred attended college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, majoring in Computer Science, after graduating High School in 1990. Being originally from Nashville TN, Fred boasts over 20 years of professional IT experience, having owned his own IT Support company from 1995 to 2006 when he lived in Knoxville TN. Fred has also worked on the IT Corporate Help Desk of a major Federal contractor from 2008 to 2011 and has experience with ITIL and Enterprise level application and infrastructure support. He has worked for several small IT Support companies between then and now before launching Fast Assist on October 2017.