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Flash is dead, long live HTML5!

Website operators grumbled because they often still delivered their multimedia content via Flash players. The positive side effect: You were practically forced to switch to modern and open standards. Large video portals like YouTube and Vimeo threw Flash out and instead used HTML5. The open standard was always better suited as a flash replacement because it caught up technically and finally even coped with DRM. Because of HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly, Flash is now superfluous, pointless and an unnecessary danger for the user.

In the end, the browser manufacturers also dared to crack down on Flash: when "Click to Play" is activated, the plug-in only starts on request. Chrome says "goodbye to Flash" for a reason: In 2014, a good 80 percent of Chrome users still used the Flash Player every day - today, according to Google, it is only 17 percent, and the trend is falling. For Google, this is proof that more and more websites are using open web technologies, which are faster and more efficient than Flash.

The latest statistics from Mozilla and Kongregate confirm this trend: More and more browser games are being implemented in HTML. Former Flash developers are switching to HTML and are happy about "great results". And so all the major browser manufacturers say goodbye to Flash, because many functions that were previously only provided by plug-ins are now an integral part of the browser.

rest in peace

Even Adobe is encouraging developers to switch to new, open formats. They still use Flash today primarily for games - the last area in which Flash is still somewhat in demand. Adobe plans to work with Facebook, Unity and Epic Games to make it easier for developers to say goodbye to Flash and to help them migrate. They still have a little time: the end of 2020 will be over and Flash will find its eternal rest. Then an era ends, but nobody will mourn much. (dbe)

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