Sadly, HTML5 may be the better option over Adobe Flash Player, but despite all the attention it has gotten, Flash is still around. So many are just waiting for the day when Flash will eventually die and leave this world, but until then, many major companies still use Flash on their websites and may continue for some time to come.
The truth is that change is slow. For big companies to transfer over everything they have spent so much time perfecting to HTML5 will cost a lot of money and time, which may not always be worth it when it comes to keeping a business in float. As HTML5 becomes more and more feature-rich and popular, these big companies may begin to port their apps, but it will take some time. Big things never happen overnight, right?
In order for Flash to completely be abandoned by most companies, 99% of customers (or at least the majority of customers) must switch to modern standard-compliant browsers, which in all honestly would be very difficult to do. With so many people out there not up-to-date on the newest technological trends, it may take a while for this to happen. Keep in mind, many of the grandmas of today’s world never had typing classes in school, didn’t search the web in their free time, and probably don’t even know what the differences between Flash and HTML5 even are.
Plus, once the company does decide to switch over to HTML5, every feature will need to be tested. This takes a lot of time and a lot of money that some companies just might not be able to afford whereas with Flash, they can code once and pretty much know the app will work in the same ways in all browsers, typically.
With all of the concerns such as security and battery life, probably the best explanation of why Flash needs to go is actually a six-year-old essay written by Steve Jobs. It may have been written as an explanation of why Flash would never be used for iPhones and iPads, but today, it can be used to justify the entire takedown of the technology across the board.
For now, big companies like HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, and so many more may continue using the technology for a while. However, there are some that do plan to make the big switch sometime within the next year or so. For now, Adobe Flash Player is here to stay.
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