Adobe Flash drives to sunset

Adobe plans to end support for its famous Flash on December 31, 2020, and it is today. Although Adobe will not start blocking Flash content until January 12, major browsers will close it all tomorrow and Microsoft will block it in most versions of Windows. It’s over.

Flash has had great cultural interest and is big in web history, and that may be why its funeral procession has been around for years. Browsers started showing Flash the door early in the past decade, and in 2015, Adobe asked developers to switch to HTML5. Things became official in 2017, when Adobe announced that support would end.

While Adobe will eventually (mercifully) release Flash, it will survive in many historical artifacts. The internet archive retains Flash games and animations, including famous hits like ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Time’.

I personally loved doing things in Flash as a high school student with a completely legal copy of the Adobe software on my generic HP computer. Years later, every time I see a few flashy words move into a corporate presentation, I remember struggling to figure out how to animate motion tweets in the Flash editor. Oh, memories.