Adobe to Discontinue Flash Player Support in 2020 – How It Will Impact your Business

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Support and distribution for the once incredibly popular Adobe Flash Player plugin will officially be discontinued in 2020.

The announcement of Flash’s inevitable doom was made by Adobe in 2017 – who have since outlined the end-of-life schedule and provided more information as to how this change will affect Flash users around the world.

This decision was spurred by the development and popularity of newer programs such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly, as well as Apple’s decision to not support Flash Player.

Danatec by Yardstick Training is committed to ensuring all clients are well-informed before the end-of-life process begins in 2019 and are working with clients to update their Flash-based eLearning to a new, open standard for multimedia.

What is Adobe Flash Player?

Flash Player is software which enables multimedia file viewing and streaming capabilities across varying Internet browsers. In other words – Flash allows users to watch video and run multimedia files.

At this time less than 5% of today’s websites still employ Flash, a distant echo of the 28.5% market share recorded in 2011.

Popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer have presented roadmaps as to how their browsers will move forward with this end-of-life.

Adobe Flash Player discontinuation

What Does This Mean for Your Business?

The discontinuation of support for Flash will only affect websites and eLearning courses which still use Flash. Websites or training courses which only utilize an open standard such as HTML5 then no changes will take place.

Although support for Flash will continue through 2020, the changes taking place will begin in late 2019 and are entirely browser dependant, regardless of Adobe’s intentions.

For example, although Adobe will continue to support Flash through 2020, several browsers have already transitioned to a “permission to run” system, requiring site users to enable Flash per website. As of 2019 Flash has been disabled by default for both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft also announced that by the end of 2020, they will entirely remove the ability to run Adobe Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer across all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and users will no longer have any ability to enable or run Flash.

Although there are still several months left until the end-of-life process is initiated, it is important for websites still utilizing Flash to make the switch to an open standard plugin to handle multimedia.

“2020 may feel far away, yet some internet browsers such as Google Chrome have already started making the transition away from Adobe Flash,” said Yardstick Training Business Development Platform & eLearning Manager Greg Albin.

“It’s important to be proactive in this matter as it can take time to complete a conversion and make a transition away from Flash. For example, it could take up to 18 weeks to convert a 60-minute, flash-based course. Please reach out to Danatec by Yardstick Training at your earliest convenience to find out what you can do now, so your learners will continue to be able to access your training.”

Danatec by Yardstick Training is happy to be able to provide clients the methods to make transitions from Flash based systems as easy as possible. Please contact us if you are in need of transition services. We thank you for your continued support over the years, in choosing Danatec by Yardstick Training as your compliance expert!

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