The Death of Adobe Flash


Remember the days when the web was ripe with moving images, pretty animations, and a myriad of fully animated websites? Oh yeah, it still is! But moving forward, it’s going to be accomplished without one core component that made it the staple of the early 2000s design - Adobe Flash.

HTML5 is going to completely replace Flash in the very near future, and for logical reasons, too. Since the conception of HTML5, websites have run faster, more securely, and have become more readily available to a mobile oriented world. Movies, video clips, and even YouTube are making the switch to be fully devoid of Flash.

Why is Flash Dying

- Security vulnerabilities

- Incompatibility with mobile devices

- Chrome and Firefox have removed Flash components

- Increases load times for websites

- Apple’s mobile development team has rejected Flash since iPhone was released

Adobe Fail

With all of the above mentioned reasons for Flash’s very timely demise HTML5, coupled with CSS3, has become the world leader in web video, animations, online advertisements, and browsers alike. We should’ve known the visionaries at Apple like Wozniak and Jobs knew this was a concern as they stripped its functionality from the first iPhone in mid 2007. They simply knew it wasn’t going to be a viable application for mobile devices and urged others to follow suit. Now, eight years later, Flash is seeing its destruction become a reality. Designers and developers from around the world will weep tears of joy and adoration for the more user / developer friendly HTML5 canvas.

Since Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox have relinquished their support for Flash, and have a combined market share of 38%, other browsers are taking notice that the coller kids are playing with cooler toys. They know Flash is grinding to slow halts at future gates.

Even Adobe, the makers of Flash, have failed to use their own software for the video on the Flash application's home page. If we’re going to sell a product, we’re going to showcase it immediately on the home page for that product. The fact that Adobe failed to show the product’s home page video in Flash is a huge red flag. Instead, they chose to utilize the more suited, and more compatible, HTML5 video component in place of their own application.

This is a little ironic, if you ask me. It's not unlike needing a pair of scissors to open a product package containing a pair of scissors.

Uninstalling Flash

Uninstallation of Flash from your computers is relatively easy. Follow the links below in order to rid yourself of Flash on your favorite browsers.

- Uninstall Flash on Windows

- Uninstall Flash on Mac

- Uninstall Flash on Linux

- Disable Flash in Google Chrome