Let’s put it out there plain and simple: Flash hasn’t had a good year. While a new version may be unveiled sometime in 2017, a lot of content creators have moved on to use HTML5. The reason behind it was simple: HTML5 offered more and proved to be better with security.
Although 2016 wasn’t great for Flash Player, trouble started a lot earlier. The biggest indication of its decline was Adobe’s announcement in 2015 that creators of content should move away from Flash and adopt HTML5 instead.
Although they stated that, the Flash platform would still remain but will be mostly used for interactive web animation.
The troubles that plagued Flash in 2016 were related to security issues, sometimes in succession, but to which they also issued patches. In 2016, more than five security updates were issued by Adobe and a few of them were patches for critical flaws. The last of these updates – as of this writing anyway – came in November 8 where Adobe addressed nine code execution issues that could allow attackers to have control over an affected system.
Security updates defined much of 2016 for many of Adobe’s products, Flash included. The good thing is that despite its expected death, there are still some users who prefer to deliver content through the medium. Flash Player has seen its fair share of troubles but it still remains standing to this day.
However bad 2016 was for Adobe, they announced the Flash 24 beta program showing that yes, Flash is still here. The program is an opportunity for users and developers to test out the changes in Flash and voice their opinion.
Allowing users to test a program before the actual launch also helps with catching errors that could be addressed before a final version is released. All that said, it’s exciting to see what’s in store for Adobe Flash Player in 2017.
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