The End Is Near for Adobe Flash Player: Here’s What You Need to Know

Adobe Flash Player has enjoyed many years of success. But like the old adage “all good things must come to an end,” the reliable flash player is now literally counting the days until its demise.

Almost two years ago, Adobe announced that Flash Player would no longer be developed and supported by the end of 2020.

Google confirmed the news further by announcing that starting July this year, Chrome will already disable Flash for all its sites. Here’s everything we know so far:

  • Google now makes it difficult for users to choose Flash.

If you tried browsing through Flash-based content on Chrome in the last couple of months, you probably noticed that it doesn’t automatically allow Flash to be displayed anymore. This is Google’s first step towards letting users know that it’s saying goodbye to Flash Player very soon.

While you have the option to allow a website to run the player, you need to manually grant permission every time, which can be a hassle if you’re in a hurry.

  • Flash will be completely disabled in the new Chrome 76.

To make its point heard further, Google will also be diminishing Flash Player completely when it launches the new Chrome 76 this month.

But you can still access Flash-based content by re-enabling this option in Chrome’s Settings menu, and you have to grant individual permissions to each website in Chrome so you can run their Flash content.

Google intentionally made re-enabling Flash a little more difficult, so people who are in a rush would just move on to non-Flash based content. In addition, you will see warning bar saying that Flash will be removed completely from Chrome by the end of 2020.  

  • Enterprise Chrome users can still use Flash Player.

While the rest of Chrome users will already be affected by Google’s depreciation of Flash Player, Enterprise Chrome users won’t be facing any challenges with using it.

Since a lot of these administrators rely heavily on the player for work, Google has left the decision to handle Flash’s demise to them.

So if you’re an Enterprise Chrome user, you can still enjoy Flash Player’s full functionalities and not see the warning bar that regular Chrome users will see with Chrome 76.

  • That warning bar is still under construction.

The warning bar will probably be Google’s loudest reminder of Flash Player’s upcoming demise, but you won’t see it just yet.

According to a commit posted on the Chromium Gerrit source code management, this bar is already yin the works but will only appear on Chrome when Flash’s depreciation reaches its final stages.

Adobe Flash Player has come a long way since it was introduced more than 23 years ago. But the end of an era for Flash Player will surely be the beginning of something bigger and better for Adobe.

As we count the days until we completely say goodbye to Flash, we should also look forward to what Adobe could have in store for us to still enjoy the benefits that Adobe Flash Player has brought us for so many years.  

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