After 24 years, Adobe laid Flash Player to rest the last week of December. The program that fueled the Internet’s transformation from text-only based content to multi-media is heading off into the sunset.
The last Flash update was also the last week of December and the application itself will not launch in several web browsers, like Google Chrome, after January 12th.
This news is not unexpected, it was announced several years ago, and probably no surprise either because earlier in this century Flash had endless security patches resulting from endless security vulnerabilities.
Different web browsers, like Edge, IE, Firefox and Safari are dealing with the end of Flash differently but suffice it to say, none of them will support Flash soon.
If you are addicted to Flash – don’t despair, Adobe has partnered with Harman, the Connecticut company probably best known for the Harman Kardon and JBL audio equipment, to provide post-retirement support for Flash.
Harman’s website spells it out. “Harman will offer support and security updates to Adobe Flash Player and can provide solutions until the end of 2023 and beyond,” the company said. A contact form is available there to reach out for more information about what Harman offers.
Carole Petranovich, Owner & President of Computer Corner