Adobe Flash Player has been in existence for a long time in the world of the internet and was used by almost all websites for interactive elements. However, December 31, 2020, was the last day for Adobe to support it and now the company has finally discontinued the Adobe Flash player and has removed all the support as well. The element has been a part of systems since the 1990s to the early 2000s and was used by almost all kinds of web developers in the world.
However, in recent times, the Adobe Flash Player was highly criticized for the vulnerabilities and performance constraints on new technologies. The announcement for the retirement of the Flash player was announced in 2017 by Adobe and it came as a collaborative decision in partnership with Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Also, the developers were instructed to move the development of interactive features on new standards. Now, the Adobe Flash Player will not receive any kind of new updates or software versions from the company.
Adobe also announced last month that it would start blocking videos and animations running on Flash from January 12. Adobe Flash Player was also used in the Facebook apps and in the top nine flash-based games in China. Adobe did try to optimize the player as per the new standards and device, but it seemed to be an end of the road for it. The end of flash player has impacted companies making flash games like Zynga, whose Farmville game was one of the most popular on Facebook