The Strange Demise of Adobe Flash

End of an era for file format that shaped today’s websites

Adobe Flash for every one of us...?
Flash: Several years from now, we could be watching ourselves at home and commenting on clips.
Dale Arden: I doubt it. They would rather waste their time in front of cat videos.
Flash: Leave it to me. Then again, I bet someone will beat me to it in 2005 and call it Adobe Flash. Anyway, the Majestic on Old Street wouldn’t allow it, let alone the ODEON on Leicester Square.

On the internet, Adobe Flash (née Macromedia Flash) has died gracefully in its sleep. In its wake came changes to HTML, which offered similar facilities to Adobe’s technologies. Today, Flash has diminished in general use. For example, YouTube supports HTML5 videos by default.

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