Adobe Flash Player, one of the most popular plug-in for people to stream videos and play games online, has officially reached the end of its life.
Released in 1996, the online program had become plagued with security problems and failed to keep – up with the smartphone era.
Adobe will no longer offer security updates for Flash and has urged people to uninstall it.
It will also stop videos and animations running in its Flash Player from 12 January.
“It was the first website I’d ever seen that allowed anyone to post content and it be available in real time. If the community felt the content was low quality, it would get removed at the end of the day so you actually had to take that into account when posting,” animator David Firth said.
However David Mendels, former executive vice president of products at Adobe, explained that Adobe Flash Player had optimised for lower-end phones with Flash Lite
“It was incredibly successful in places like Japan, but it wasn’t the same as the full desktop Flash. It wasn’t fully compatible.”
Flash was about more than just animations – it also let websites such as YouTube stream high-quality video.
By 2009, Adobe said Flash was installed on 99% of internet-connected desktop PCs.