It was one of the most popular means of playing online games and streaming videos. This information has been informed in a report of BBC online.
However, its biggest weakness was the issue of security. Apart from this, in the age of smartphones, there has been no proper transformation of flash player.
From now on, Adobe Authority will no longer update security programs for Flash Players. The company urges users to quickly uninstall Flash Player.
Videos and animations supported by Flash Player will also be discontinued from January 12.
Most Internet users used a dial-up connection when Flash Player first opened. The speed of the internet at that time was much less than the modern internet. But in keeping with that era, it was possible for web designers and animation makers to quickly download content that was useful for Flash.
In 2009, Adobe authorities reported that 99 percent of their Flash Player Internet-connected desktop PCs were installed.
But since then the world has been leaning towards mobile devices. Couldn’t keep up with Adobe.
In 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote an open letter announcing that he would not run Flash on iPhones and iPads.
He argued that using a flash on a touch screen was difficult and that it was not reliable. This eliminates security threats as well as quickly draining the battery. He spoke of using HTML 5 and other open source technologies instead.
“We created the flashlight for low-end phones,” said David Mendels, former Adobe executive vice president. It was successful in countries like Japan.
However, it was not suitable for the whole desktop. When the iPhone came to market, Flash was not fully ready.
“I think Apple turned its back on Flash to create its own ecosystem,” Mendels said.
Adobe later developed Flash Player for smartphones. But the Internet went further in those days. Big brands like Facebook, Netflix, YouTube started to get success by streaming videos without flash. So in 2011 Adobe stopped making Flash for mobile devices.
However, they continue to work on the flash for desktop computers. However, the issue of security became a big problem.
In 2015, Apple stopped this plug-in from their Safari browser. Flash content also started to be turned off in the Google Chrome browser.
In 2017, Adobe announced that they would retire Flash in 2020. They say HTML5 has become enough. It is now useful to work as an alternative to Flash.
Since January 12, Flash Player will stop viewing content, so many animations, games, and interactive websites will be closed.
Meanwhile, game company Zinga has shut down its Farmville video games. The game was flash player dependent.
Adobe authorities have instructed to turn off Flash from Windows and Mac on their website. Adobe warns that uninstalling Adobe will keep the system secure. From now on, no updates will be available in Flash Player.