June 4, 2023

Adobe has released on Tuesday the last update ever for its iconic Flash Player app, which the company plans to retire at the end of the year.

“In the latest Flash Player update released yesterday, we updated our uninstall prompt language and functionality to encourage people to uninstall Flash Player before the end of life and to help make users aware that beginning January 12, 2021,

The new update also brings an actual date to Flash’s actual demise in the form of January 12, 2021 — the date after which any type of Flash content won’t run inside the Flash app.

The killswitch code was added months before in previous releases and that this last Flash update only modifies the language used in the prompt that will ask users to uninstall the app.

End of the road

The Flash EOL was first announced in July 2017 when Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Facebook agreed to phase out Flash-based content and technologies from their products.

All major browsers have already disabled Flash in their products and are set to remove the actual Flash plugin from their codebases throughout December 2020 and January 2021.

Besides deprecating Flash in its browsers, Microsoft has also released an optional Windows update last month that, which, once applied, will remove all traces of Flash Player at the entire OS level.

Adobe thanks Flash users and developers

Flash before being ported to CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5.

Adobe also took the time to thank all Flash users and web developers for installing the app and using it for their work.

“We want to take a moment to thank all of our customers and developers who have used and created amazing Flash Player content over the last two decades. We are proud that Flash had a crucial role in evolving web content across animation, interactivity, audio, and video. We are excited to help lead the next era of digital experiences.”

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