Adobe Flash Player no more, netizens mourn its death with memes

It’s end of an era! After serving users for more than a decade, Adobe finally bid adieu to its Flash Player plug-in on the last day of 2020.

When Adobe stopped supporting Flash, netizens trended hashtag #RIPAdobeFlash and many tearfully bid goodbye to it.

The browser plug-in, which came into existence in 1996, introduced rich animations and interactivity to the early days of the Web. While Adobe won’t block Flash content until January 12, major browsers have shut it down as of January 1, with Microsoft being the first.

More than just animation, Flash also allowed online video platforms like YouTube stream high-quality videos on computers, but they weren’t quite ready for the smartphone age. Abode continued to produce Flash for desktop computers, according to a BBC report, but the software suffered from multiple security vulnerabilities.

Since Adobe now prevents Flash Player from displaying content, this will affect many other dependent game platforms and animations as well. Farmville, which was clearly the most popular of all, was also shut down after eleven years when the Zynga game company bid adieu the original version of its video game on New Year’s Eve because it relied on Flash.

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