The day has come: Flash is EOL and dead

Today, January 12th 2021, is the day Adobe's Flash technology has officially entered the realms of zombie software. What once started in the early 2000s with Macromedia Flash and the sudden urge to make every website running Flash, is now nothing less than a dead piece of technology.

Flash end of life information
This Flash icon is now shown in some browsers.

But Flash did not die all of a sudden on this day. It was declared dead more than 10 years ago when legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wrote "Thoughts on Flash" to Adobe (and the world). Jobs correctly foresaw that the Flash technology would be superseded by not only superior but standardized technology:

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too).

Steve Jobs in April 2010

It took another few years until Adobe themselves announced in 2017 that Flash will definitely be EOL (end of life) at the end of 2020. Google chimed in quickly and announced that Flash will be removed in Chrome toward the end of 2020.

Opening a website requiring the Flash plugin today will result in displaying a large Flash logo with a big blue information sign. A click on it redirects the browser to the official Adobe website where the end of Flash is described:

Adobe website informing about the end of Flash player
Adobe website informing about the end of Flash

Depending on the browser used by the end user, the EOL information is shown differently.

Using Microsoft's Internet Explorer shows the EOL icon:

Flash end of life in Internet Explorer

Google's Chrome simply shows an empty page. Only the favicon points to a "broken plugin".

Flash end of life in Chrome
Chrome already removed the Flash plugin

This happens because (most and updated) Chrome installations already removed the Flash plugin by today.

And in Mozilla's Firefox, an "alternative content" information is shown:

Flash end of life showing in Firefox

Claudio Kuenzler
Claudio has been writing way over 1000 articles on his own blog since 2008 already. He is fascinated by technology, especially Open Source Software. As a Senior Systems Engineer he has seen and solved a lot of problems - and writes about them.

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