On July 25th, Adobe Corporate Communications released their planned future of Adobe Flash, or, lack thereof. The statement specifies that Flash will no longer be updated or distributed by the end of 2020, giving users more than adequate time to clean up their sites and features utilizing it.
As one may have noticed, the major browsers have been blocking Flash from loading on sites by default. After Adobe made the announcement, the browser developers voiced their plans to assist in sunsetting the 1996 software:
- Google will continue phasing out Flash over the course of the next few years, first by asking for permissions, then disabling it by default, removing it completely towards the end of 2020.
- Mozilla announced users can choose which sites to run Flash in on FireFox, and will be disabled by default in 2019. in 2020, only Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) user will be able to utilize Flash after the software dies.
- Microsoft stated that that Edge and Internet Explorer will have Flash disabled in 2019, and remove the ability to run it in 2020.
In Web Services, our WordPress custom themes are built without integrating Flash, as the decline of this software has been noticeable for a significantly long time. We suggest that credit unions with older static sites (at some point) verify that their web presence is not integrating Adobe Flash, as the slow degradation will affect the aesthetics of the material their users see.