7.20.2016

Firefox Announces Adobe Flash End-of-Life Roadmap

Adobe Flash Disabled by Default in Firefox Starting Next Year


“In 2017, Firefox will require click-to-activate approval from users before a website activates the Flash plugin for any content” says Mozilla through its official blog. Following Google’s lead, who turned off Flash by default back in May, Mozilla will begin phasing out the antiquated plugin.

Released in 1996 as Macromedia Flash Player (Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005), the player has long been a hindrance. It is among the largest consumers of battery life, despite false claims by Adobe themselves. Mozilla, like Microsoft and Apple, will begin limiting Flash animations and resource use in Firefox “later this year.”

Credit: Mozilla Blog

“Firefox ESR... will continue to support plugins such as Silverlight and Java until early 2018, for those users who need more time for their transition.” Users of the ESR (Extended Support Release), mainly corporations, nonprofits, and the public sector, will have more time to get on board with newer technologies like HTML5. This is good news for schools and business alike. But even slow adopters must accept that browser plugins are a thing of the past; Adobe Flash is the only NPAPI plugin that will even be allowed after whitelisting.

Editor's note: Despite criticizing Steve Jobs for his betrayal of the “digital hub” promise, I highly value the thoughts he shared on many facets of the technology world, including Flash.