Adobe Flash Player now blocks all Flash content from playing

The twenty-five-year-old Adobe Flash Player is now end of life and will no longer play Flash content. Adobe is urging all users to uninstall it immediately.

Adobe Flash Player content blocking notice
Adobe Flash Player displays notice about the inability to play Flash content

Adobe announced three-and-half-years ago the end of life (EOL) for its Flash Player would be on December 31, 2020. Little did they know how fitting that date would be for its demise.

Adobe has been pushing companies to migrate to a different solution and encouraging all users to uninstall the Flash Player from their computers. As of January 12, 2021, Adobe has put the final nail in the EOL coffin by blocking the ability for any Flash content to play in the Flash Player.

Even though Adobe gave software and web developers years of advance notice, millions of sites are still using Flash. Older online games that were built with Flash are also affected by the change. The only options users have to remove the block are either changing the time on their computer or using a Flash Player emulator like Ruffle.

Usage of Flash for websites by W3Techs

Adobe Flash Player EOL is a good thing

Flash was released in the mid-nineties, and it provided a way for web designers to get around the layout and styling limitations of CSS, which was released just two years before. Flash enabled the proliferation of non-standardized and bloated sites to reign over the internet, much to the consternation and frustration of open web and usability advocates.

The inherent UX, SEO, performance, and security problems, along with Steve Jobs’ famous refusal to allow Flash to run on iPhones and iPods, ultimately led to its demise. As someone who has been building sites since the early 90s and has had the first-hand experience making and working with Flash sites, I will not miss it. I’m happy for it to remain in the same graveyard as Internet Explorer 6, another nemesis from the past.

Good riddance, Flash.

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Jon is the founder and Managing Editor of Coywolf. He has over 25 years of experience in web development, SaaS, internet strategy, digital marketing, and entrepreneurship. Follow @henshaw