Flash Browser Support to Phase Out This Year

Do you have Adobe Flash videos, animations, or linked content in any of your courses? You’ll need to replace them ASAP, otherwise you might end up with broken and inaccessible content.

While Adobe doesn’t plan to fully phase out Flash until the end of 2020, most web browsers are giving it the boot a bit sooner or making it a lot harder to use. Here’s the scoop.

For Explorer and Edge, from the Microsoft Blog:

In mid to late 2019, we 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, we 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.

For Firefox, from ZDNet

Firefox maker Mozilla will take the next major step in disabling support for the Adobe Flash plugin later this year when it releases Firefox 69.
Firefox 69 stable will be released in early September, according to Mozilla’s release calendar. Mozilla’s move on Flash aligns with other browser makers’ plans to dial back support for the plugin this year.

For Chrome, from ZDNet:

Google will also disable Flash by default in Chrome 76, which is due for a stable release around July. Users will still be able to enable Flash in Settings, but the plugin will require explicit permission. As of Chrome 69, users need to give permission for each site to use Flash every time the browser is restarted. 

Essentially, the end of life dates for Flash content are approaching fast, some as soon as July, so if you have Flash content, you’ll need to replace it.

But what if you’re not sure if you have Flash content in your course? Give us a call or email and we can help.