Today, Adobe announced that it is “planning to end-of-life Flash”, and said it will “stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020”. For now, Adobe remains “committed to supporting Flash through 2020”, and will continue to distribute security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility, and even adding new features and capabilities “where needed”.
Adobe has long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content – from the video, to games and more – on the web. Where they’ve seen a need to push content and interactivity forward, we’ve innovated to meet those needs. Where a format didn’t exist, we invented one – such as with Flash and Shockwave. And over time, as the web evolved, these new formats were adopted by the community, in some cases formed the basis for open standards, and became an essential part of the web.
Adobe will also remain at the forefront of leading the development of new web standards and actively participate in their advancement. This includes continuing to contribute to the HTML5 standard and participating in the WebAssembly Community Group.