As sites gradually transition to open web technologies, Mozilla has a schedule in place for withdrawing Flash support in Firefox. Firefox 84 will be the first version of the browser to come out without Adobe Flash support.
The browser ships in December, 2020. If you use it to access websites that feature Flash elements, you will not have the best of user experiences.
It’s not just Firefox
Flash has had a decent run since its introduction more than 20 years ago.
It powered your web experience in various ways. The games you played, videos you watched, and even many of the apps you run online relied on the plugin.
But websites are moving away from reliance on such plugins. Today, open web technologies deliver a far superior experience. They are faster and even more secure.
Come to think of it, when was the last time a browser asked you for permission to use Flash? If you cannot remember, that’s because most of the websites you visit do not use the plugin.
Alternatively, your browser, for example, Firefox, has already blocked/disabled the browser.
Plugins are a security and performance problem for Firefox users. NPAPI plugins are an obsolete technology, and Mozilla has been moving toward a Web which doesn’t need plugins. The last remaining NPAPI plugin, Adobe Flash, has announced an end-of-life plan.
Other tech firms are abandoning Flash too
Major tech companies are saying goodbye to Flash too, from Facebook and Google to Microsoft and Apple. Most of them will not be supporting the plugin by next year.
Their withdrawal of support coincides with Adobe’s plans to stop distributing the application all together.
All stakeholders, including browser users, have an even more compelling reason to start preparing for life without flash—security.
The plugin will not be getting any security updates from Adobe in 2021.
Its slow demise is an outcome of the emergence of open web formats like HTML5 and WebGL.
Have you been to a website that uses Flash lately? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.