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Since the Adobe Flash Player will soon expire next year, what would happen to the websites that still uses it?

Asked by Catnip5 (320points) November 22nd, 2019

So what would happen to the websites that still uses adobe flash player, especially the old and abandoned sites that are made more than 10+ years ago?

From time to time, I know I have come across some websites that still uses Flash, and as Firefox and Chrome users may already know for instance, there has been some announcements about its future termination by the end of next December 2020. The Internet Archive also saved some websites and webpages that uses Flash. What would happen to the access of those kinds of information once Flash closes down?

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ragingloli's avatar

I expect there to be third party plugins that will override the browsers’ lockout.

elbanditoroso's avatar

A lot of them will have to change their display technology.

I don’t have sympathy for those who don’t. This move away from Flash was announced 4–5 years ago and has been known in the industry. If a website hasn’t done anything about it in 5 years, then shame on them.,

SEKA's avatar

Where there’s a problem, there’s a fix. Some brilliant computer geek will come up with a solution. We survived Y2K and this should be a simpler problem

si3tech's avatar

I regularly (many times a day) use a site that depended on Adobe Flash Player until a few weeks ago. They have been forced to come up with a whole new software which does NOT depend on Adobe Flash Player. It has been an ongoing project with many glitches which need to be ironed out. I imagine it’s a nightmare for some sites.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@si3tech my company used to use Flash (and its sister, Flex) for our outward facing web screens – we saw the handwriting on the wall and moved off of it about 2½ years ago.

The demise of Flash has been known forever.

Zaku's avatar

Probably tens of thousands of unmaintained Flash games will be unplayable without using a browser that allows them to run.

si3tech's avatar

@Zaku So will Big Tech take over and make their browsers he ONLY ones who will then support those games?

elbanditoroso's avatar

Big tech (the browser makers) were at the forefront of deprecating Flash because of its security holes. I can’t imagine them starting to support Flash again.

Zaku's avatar

I imagine someone may sooner or later figure out some solution and/or give instructions for what to do to run them at your own risk (or even re-engineer a Flash substitute), and present them in an archive, kind of like people have made archives that allow playing old games from decades past.

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