'With Mozilla's release of Firefox 85 on Tuesday, Adobe's once
ubiquitous Flash technology is really gone for good. The software had
been widely used to expand gaming, video and animation on the web,
though Adobe stopped supporting it at the end of 2020. Firefox was the
last major browser to support Flash. From a report:
Apple, whose late boss Steve Jobs helped sink Flash by banning it from
iPhones and iPads, ditched Flash with Safari 14 in September 2020.
Google Chrome, the most widely used browser, completely excised it on
Jan. 19 with version 88. Microsoft's Edge 88 followed suit on Jan. 21.
The schedule of removals shows just how hard it is to advance
technology foundations as widely used as the web. Browser makers for
years wanted to remove Flash, replacing it with more advanced
standards built directly into the web. Jobs' "Thoughts on Flash"
letter in 2010 solidified the opposition, and Adobe started
recognizing the software's doom by scrapping the Android version of
Flash in 2011. It's taken years of effort to drop Flash completely.
Adobe took until 2017 to announce that Flash would be completely
unsupported at the end of 2020, and still some are willing to jump
through lots of hoops to keep Flash around a little longer.'
-- source: https://it.slashdot.org/story/21/01/26/1618254
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