Most Internet geeks are saying that Adobe Flash Player should disappear right away. The loss of Adobe Flash head of design, the CTO Kevin Lynch was the last bullet to kill it they say.
Furthermore, he was hired by Apple, who took their final shot to kill the deep-rooted application. But not the whole thing has to be a conspiracy, and Apple might have just seen Lynch’s potential.
Lynch has left just after a major security bridge on Adobe Flash Player (that has been fixed already), but opening again questions about the need of having it on internet browsers. It was expected that Adobe Flash Player didn’t last much after Steve Jobs announced the ban for this application on iPhones in 2011. IPhones have grown stronger, and Flash is getting weaker. However, there are still reasons to keep Adobe Flash Player for a while. Here are 6 reasons Adobe Flash Players should survive.
There are still many websites using Flash
Despite the fact that HTML5 has taken over the newest sites, Flash is still on many of them. They don’t have immediate plans to get rid of it, and in average companies intend to migrate in at least one year. Most companies who still use flash don’t rely on the Internet to do business but have websites to be found around. Examples are the BBC, HBO, Zynga, Pandora, NBC or CBS. They keep their web pages up to date and don’t seem to worry about search engines not indexing some of their content. Until most sites migrate to other technologies different from Flash, Adobe Flash Player should be around.
Applications for Business need Support
There is a high chance that if you have a bank account or if you require getting to a partner zone you will still be redirected to the Adobe Flash Player installation page. Flash poses technical advantages against other options. The most important are the capability of doing asynchronous communication from the user end to the server. There are alternatives which represent a challenging integration among 2 or 3 different products just to work around the problem. For example, Silverlight would require the integration with HTML and JS. AJAX has the same problem. More and more internet companies are openly against Flash, but it is still a good solution for some problems that have not been solved with other options. For the entertaining industry (videos) the problems are almost solved, but for business, there still is the need for a reliable solution.
Open standard formats to substitute Flash are not yet mature
When in 2011 the battle of Apple versus Flash started it was anticipated that Flash was going to disappear. However, in 2016 Flash is still around. It is not as strong, but it has survived another five years. That doesn’t mean it will survive 20 more, but it is not yet its time. Open standards and new programming trends for web browsers (HTML 5 leading the race) have advanced in the past five years, but they are not yet as mature as you might think to take over all Flash functionalities. It will happen, but it has been slower than expected. They are not prepared yet, and Adobe Flash Player will survive.
Web-Based Games need support
There is a high amount of web-based games that need support. With mobile devices relying on Apps for games, Flash took the lead for game development based on PC Browsers. You cannot disregard the fact that there are many web-based games around that won’t work if suddenly you turn off the Flash switch. They will need support until a decent substitute takes over the game market. Adobe Flash player should survive to help low-end gamers on the web who are willing to continue playing without additional installations and its potential risks.
Designers are still using Flash for Animations
The easiest way to get an animation on a web page is using Flash. Designers are still using it as their preferred tool. Other things such as videos and slide shows are easier to make in Flash than in HTML5. It also ensures support for older browsers. Adobe is aware of it and has incorporated new tools on the newest version for development (Adobe Animate). You will not only be able to create flash content, but you can also get an HTML5 canvas animation out of it. It is good news for developers who can take advantage of this tool, but that doesn’t mean that transition is instantaneous. While developers and designers change their way of delivering content, Adobe Flash Player should survive.
Not everybody is an internet geek and keeps their equipment updated. Most users around the world are sticking to their old computers until their last breath. There are others who cannot afford new equipment. Some old hardware is not compatible with the newest versions of Internet Browsers, and Flash is the way they can see videos. On the other hand, there are valuable sites with content still displaying on flash. Not everything has been updated, and flash is still useful to access information. For example, YouTube started showing videos on flash and now has gone HTML5 all the way. Nevertheless, there are still old videos that are only supported by Flash, and to be able to keep an eye on them is enough reason to maintain Adobe Flash Player around for a while.
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