Adobe Flash Player was initially released 20 years ago, being a freeware software that was installed on computers for viewing multimedia, streaming video and audio and executing rich Internet applications created with the Adobe Flash platform. The Flash Player is a plugin added to a web browser and it can run on supported mobile devices. Unfortunately, its popularity started decreasing because of the vulnerabilities that made it a huge risk. Google and Mozilla stopped trusting Adobe and built their own flash player which was integrated into Chrome and Firefox. Java plugin is in a similar situation and in the near future, it will be killed. So, will Adobe’s Flash Player have the same fate?
At the end of 2015, Adobe took drastic measures and announced that it will rename its Flash IDE from Flash Professional to Animate, but Animate will continue to allow Flash development. However, flash will no longer be the default programming language, as Adobe will prefer to work on an HTML video player.
Even YouTube and Netflix have ditched the Flash-based web player and opted for a native HTML5 based player, because it includes native video tags and browsers no longer need plugins to play videos.