Mozilla Firefox 85 abandons Flash once and for all

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Adobe has already announced plans to withdraw Flash Player completely in December, and the entire industry is gearing up for this big moment.

Adobe’s decision was officially shared in 2017, so browser makers had more than three years to pave the way for a world without Flash. And now Mozilla is also removing support for Adobe software, first in the Firefox test builds, and then in the stable branch.

Firefox 85 will be the first major browser version from Mozilla that ships without Flash Player support, and that will happen on January 26th. In other words, Firefox 84 will be the last update that would still contain Flash Player, after which the code would just be removed once and for all.

“Firefox version 84 will be the final version to support Flash. On January 26, 2021, when we release Firefox version 85, it will ship without Flash support, improving our performance and security. For our users on the Nightly and Beta release channels, Flash support will end on November 17, 2020 and December 14, 2020 respectively. There will be no setting to re-enable Flash support, ”Mozilla explained today via TechDows.

The decision obviously makes sense, especially since Firefox is currently one of the world’s leading browsers. Third-party market share statistics indicate that Firefox is currently the third most popular browser on the desktop after Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

Adobe will officially remove all Flash Player-related download links and resources next month, and the company says at this point the whole world should migrate to one of the many alternatives available.

“Open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have continuously matured over the years and are viable alternatives for Flash content. In addition, major browser vendors integrate these open standards into their browsers and deprecate most other plugins (like Adobe Flash Player). By announcing our business decision in 2017, with three years’ notice, we believed that this would leave enough time for developers, designers, companies and others to migrate existing Flash content as needed to new standards. open, ”says Adobe.

Of course, it is not recommended to continue running Flash even if it is already installed on the device, and the software should not be downloaded from other sites as it is no longer supported by Adobe. This is the reason why the Adobe Flash plugin for Firefox would stop loading Flash content after January 12, so the only solution after December would be to abandon Flash Player altogether.

“These versions of Flash Player are not authorized by Adobe. Customers should not use unauthorized versions of Flash Player. Unauthorized downloads are a common source of malware and viruses. Adobe is not responsible for unauthorized versions of Flash Player and customers’ use of such versions is entirely at their own risk, ”the company warned.

All other browsers would also drop Flash Player by the end of the year, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge here. This is something that has happened gradually to make the transition to alternatives as smooth as possible.

If Flash Player is currently installed on your computer, you should remove it next month because Adobe will not release new security updates in the future. And as usual, running unsupported software increases the likelihood of potential exploits and attacks, and given that Flash Player has long been one of the applications most exposed to hackers, it is pretty clear that protecting your device should be a top priority after December.


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