Adobe lays Flash to rest

Adobe this week issued its last Flash Player update and told users that the app would refuse to run content starting Jan. 12.

“Today marks the final scheduled release of Flash Player for all regions outside of Mainland China,” Adobe wrote in a release note for the Dec. 8 update. “Adobe will no longer support Flash Player after December 31, 2020, and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021.”

Adobe’s good-bye marked the end of 24 years for Flash Player, the once-ubiquitous utility that fueled the Internet’s transformation from text-only to a multimedia bonanza. But it was not unexpected.

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