Adobe announced recently that it has officially initiated plans to end-of-life Adobe Flash, which means they will no longer update or distribute the Flash Player by 2020. Included in the brief, Adobe made mention to other open source languages, such as HTML5, and encouraged developers and content creators to migrate over to these industry standards. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla all made announcements following the release of the news, who outlined how the Flash withdrawal would operate on their platforms and offered developers resources to ease the transition into other open source languages.
The downward life-cycle of Adobe Flash was spurred on when industry-leading corporations in their field raised the standards on what an open source language should be able to do an how it should perform. Within the technology market, Steve Jobs made his stand against Flash in his essay "Thoughts on Flash," in which he described his issues with Flash and how it would lower the performance and overall experience of the iPhone. Security, performance capability and versatility issues were consistently referenced within the anti-Flash campaign.
Browsers have long played a part in the effort to end Adobe Flash, yet because of its deep-rooted nature within the Internet, the process was often built on promises and forecast actions. In October of this year, Google announced they would emphasize HTML5 in favor of Adobe Flash and require permission to run Flash on every instance a user would enter a Flash-powered site. The amount of websites using Flash has been on a steady decline since 2011. Statista estimates in October of 2016, 10 percent of websites used Flash. Google estimates an even steeper decline — three years ago 80 percent of Chrome users visited a site with Flash every day, which is now down to 17 percent with a continuous decline. The process was disjointed and slow, for fear of alienating businesses and individuals who powered their site through Flash.