Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah

Hey, hey, hey, goodbye

Adobe Flash has been a member of the walking dead for some years now. Once upon a time, it was a crucial piece of software. Then it just became an unnecessary piece of software that would pester you about updates. Eventually it became a security problem, forcing Google to ban flash in display ads and switch Chrome to HTML5 whenever possible.

In 2015, Adobe officially killed the Flash brand, and since we’re going with the zombie metaphor here, killing the brand but leaving the software intact was the equivalent of not aiming for the head. In their latest press release, however, Adobe announced its plans to “end-of-life” Flash, which means it’s finally going away for good.

Something so deeply embedded in the Internet ecosystem cannot just up and vanish, however, especially when so many big companies – Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc – all play a part in its continued existence. To give them all ample time to switch formats, Adobe is planning to officially pull the plug on Flash at the end of 2020, three years from now.

You’ve had a long run, Flash, but Steve Jobs was right way back in 2010: the future of the Internet is mobile, and Flash has no place on mobile.

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