Adobe has recently released security patches for Flash Player, but this hasn’t exactly caused internet users to jump for joy. In fact, in the last few years, new Flash Player updates have been welcomed with eye rolls or nonchalant shrugs instead of enthusiastic applause. This is no longer surprising for those who are aware of the program’s failures, but it can be saddening if we consider the fact that Flash Player used to be the internet’s hero.
When it was released in the late 90s, the program basically revolutionized the web. Its plugin ensured that online content would look the same on any browser, giving designers and developers the assurance that their creations would be appreciated by their audience. It ushered in the era of animated images, online videos, and interactive pages that changed the internet forever.
These issues have pushed many companies to stop supporting Adobe Flash Player. Apple is one of its most famous and outspoken opponents. When the first iPhone was released in 2007 without Flash support, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs defended the company’s move by pointing out the flaws listed above. Google has also made clear that it’s reducing its reliance on Flash; Chrome now blocks the program by default, while YouTube has switched to an HTML5-based video player.