Adobe Flash Player, the browser plug-in that brought rich animations and interactivity to the early web, has officially reached the end of its life.
Released in 1996, Flash was once one of the most popular ways to stream videos and play games online. But it was plagued with security problems and failed to transition to the smartphone era.
Adobe will no longer offer updates for Flash and urged people to uninstall it. It will also stop videos and animations running on Flash Player from January 12.
By 2009, Adobe said Flash was installed on 99% of internet-connected desktop PCs, but the world was shifting to mobile devices and Adobe was slow to react.
In 2010, Apple’s Steve Jobs laid out why Apple would not let Flash run on iPhones and iPads, arguing Flash was cumbersome to use on a touchscreen, unreliable, a security threat and a drain on battery life. He said videos and animations could instead be delivered with HTML5 and other open technologies.