Flash was impressive during the initial days of animations, games and interactive elements in your browser. It was introduced in 1996 by Adobe as a way of producing more refined content on the web and computers. A popular web publishing platform during the late 90s, Flash now sails towards obsolescence due to its inconvenience and security risks.

Adobe recently revealed its plan to stop supporting Flash by December 2020. Google also pitched in by announcing that their searches will no longer rank or index Flash content or Shockwave Flash files in the coming weeks. This will help Google prioritize the best content that’s relevant to your query. The decline in the usage of Flash to less than 17 percent today as compared to 80 percent few years ago reveals that sites are migrating to open web technologies. These technologies are faster and more power-efficient than Flash.

Repercussions-

When Apple had stopped supporting Flash since its introduction of iPhones back in 2007, Steve Jobs had published an open letter ‘Thoughts on Flash’. To his reply, Adobe’s CEO fired back at Apple citing issues with the latter’s OS. The rest is history. Google also recently announced that most users and websites won’t witness any impact from this change.

Multiple alternatives to Flash will pave way towards HTML5 and other newer forms of JavaScript. The initiative aims to help developers make their sites more useful by using modern technologies. Since HTML5 standards are implemented across all modern browsers they also improve performance, battery life and increase security.

Flash fulfilled a great responsibility in developing rich media; however, it is time for people to understand the importance of modern technologies and their role in the present era. One of the key features of these replacements is they can work on both mobile and desktop, so you visit your favorite site anytime. Since they’re more secure, it becomes safer while shopping, banking, or reading sensitive documents.

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