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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.



Unfortunately, Adobe’s flagship product had — and still has — several flaws. Its vulnerabilities top the list, and they are considered to be highly alarming since they give hackers easy access to users’ systems. Its overly proprietary structure is also seen as a problem since it sets limits for designers and developers (in contrast with open-source options like CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5). Many users also complain that Flash is resource-intensive and consumes a lot of CPU space.

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.

All of these predict the downfall of Adobe Flash Player, but experts say that it won’t die out right away. A lot of websites are still based on Flash, and many webmasters are hesitant to switch to other platforms because they’re not familiar with them. However, one thing’s for sure: if designers and developers want to stay relevant, they need to master HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and other options since these will be internet’s backbone in the future.

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