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Adobe Flash End of Life by 2020

Hey everyone! Here I want to share some news from Adobe Flash, which is a technology behind a lot of games. There was an announcement by Adobe and in parallel also by browser makers, where it seems everyone had reached a consensus to slowly kill off the Flash technology by 2020. Here I am copy pasting for you an article by Mark Hachman who is a Senior Editor of PCWorld where he explains it in detail.

Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser makers say

Credit: Adobe Systems

Adobe Flash, one of the most controversial elements of the web, will be phased out by 2020, Adobe said Tuesday. Browser makers, including Microsoft and Google, simultaneously announced plans for a gradual phaseout over the next few years.

Adobe said that enough progress had been made within open web standards like HTML5 that it was time to phase out Flash. “Adobe and Macromedia provided innovation to the web, through browser plug-ins, before the underlying web standards could support the interactivity and creativity our digital media publishers and consumers craved,” the company said in a blog post. “By the end of 2020, we firmly believe that all of these required media capabilities and standards will be widely deployed and natively available to customers within browsers.”

Specifically, Adobe Flash Player will be end-of-lifed by 2020, the company said, meaning that it simply won’t work. That will have dramatic effects on sites like Newgrounds, which evolved into a repository for Flash-authored (and HTML5) content. Facebook also addressed the issue of Flash-based games running on its site; while those games will work until 2020, the company urged.

For many, though, Flash was simply seen at least as a nuisance, and at worst a serious security risk.

Flash-based exploits have circulated for years, in a game of cat-and-mouse between hackers and Adobe itself. Apple’s Steve Jobs famously banned Flash from the iPhone, claiming that Flash hurt battery life and also was a security risk. In 2015, for example, hackers jumped on a Flash exploit as an opportunity to infect computers with malware. In response, Mozilla’s Firefox blocked Flash by default until Adobe issued a patch. Security issues aside, PCWorld also found that Flash slowed down browsers by as much as 80 percent.

Over time, browser makers either began blocking Flash by default or at least asking users to enable it, a feature known as click-to-run. Today, sites need to ask your permission to run Flash within Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. (Edge remembers your choice for future visits.)

Browser makers act fast

In a blog post, Microsoft laid out its timeline for phasing out Flash support from Edge:

  • Through the end of 2017 and into 2018, Microsoft Edge will continue to ask users for permission to run Flash on most sites the first time the site is visited, and will remember the user’s preference on subsequent visits. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash with no special permissions required during this time.
  • In mid to late 2018, Microsoft will update Microsoft Edge to require permission for Flash to be run each session. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash for all sites in 2018.
  • In mid to late 2019, Microsoft will disable Flash by default in both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Users will be able to re-enable Flash in both browsers. When re-enabled, Microsoft Edge will continue to require approval for Flash on a site-by-site basis.
  • By the end of 2020, Microsoft will remove the ability to run Adobe Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer across all supported versions of Microsoft Windows. Users will no longer have any ability to enable or run Flash.

Google said that it will quietly phase out Flash as well, though the process will go on quietly behind the scenes. “If the site migrates to open web standards, you shouldn’t notice much difference except that you’ll no longer see prompts to run Flash on that site,” Google said in a blog post by Anthony Laforge, a product manager with Google Chrome. “If the site continues to use Flash, and you give the site permission to run Flash, it will work through the end of 2020.”

What this means for you: Little, if anything. Browser makers are bending over backwards to ensure that your browser encounters as little Flash as possible before it’s phased out in 2020. Flash had its day, but its time has come.

So, to conclude in brief:

  • Flash will die by 2020
  • @Players: don’t worry
  • @Flash gaming portals / games: definitely worry 🙂

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  1. i hope we can play Wartune?

    • Well they have 3 years to find a solution, sounds like plenty of time.
      For example maybe they come up with a stand alone client.

      • DolyGames Team this is R2 we talking about they can’t fix anything some of the bugs been around for a long time abandon all hope wartune is dead but if they find a solution it would be a miracle

      • Yeah ain’t it great? The death of Wartune. Finally

  2. lets hope wartune dies and i get my real life back…

  3. wartune better not just die out that easy. got to much money invested in this. if microsoft is going to do this and we cant play wartune anymore. they should have to repay everyone their money back they they have invested instead of just screwing thousands of people out of their money

    • haha nice one. You should’t have spent your money on a game.. why should they give your money back? you wish

      • Funny you say he shouldn’t have spent money on a game, but you spend something much more precious: your time.

      • you can’t get your time back from a game, and money neither 🙂

  4. hahahaha that’s why its foolish to spend tons of money on any online game. They can pull the plug anytime they want sorry for those folk who spend their hard earn $$$ on a toon who cant give anything back……

  5. Use r2 client or miniclient beside this game needs only flash player 10 what is super old version. Even if flash support ends that dosent mean u cant download it and use it:)

  6. You don’t “invest” money in this game. You simply spend it. An investment is made with the expectation of the return being greater than the input. the only return you get for the money you spend is the enjoyment of playing the game. the real question is… are you getting value for the money you spend?

  7. Sorry but i have to say it.
    The game is going to die, no solution can be made!
    The game is coded in a language that is going to die… how are they supposed to export it into a different one? its not possible except if they start all over again but that means all data will be lost and everyone should start all over again. So of course they will stop the game forever. They will be unsuccessful if they start again. It was fun. So i hope after 3 years you don’t start a game which is so engaging

  8. Short after Adobe’s first announcement last year I wrote a ticket to R2games to remind them about it, though I know they were informed already about it. But they didn’t even take the decency to tell they are aware of it.

  9. I use Puffin Browser that I downloaded from google play store. It has an inbuilt flash player. Yes I play in my mobile. If they implement the proposed changes will it affect my gameplay in wartune?

  10. i play on mozilla is very well just fallow this
    Show site information =>>disable protection for now and then your firfox work is very nice. like old time. with out any bug.
    chek this pic

  11. mybe your server sites is diffrent just fallow your addres your server for active your mozilla browser ^^

  12. Cost of switching over versus cost of just shutting down. That’s what wartune will look at. They may decide to milk it until the very end, then give up on it. I heard there was a “new” Wartune version started (wartune reborn). Maybe that’s the end game. End Wartune 1, and start a new version (and make players spend all that money all over again).

  13. UlrickIV or mybe tranfer players on new verj

  14. u know wartune still can run without the supported new flash update
    adobe is pulling the plug on updating flash but existing old games can still run on the old version flash

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