Adobe has announced that they’re killing Flash Player. Why though? It’s not so nice to speak ill of the dead but Flash is technically not dead yet; so let’s face the truth.
10 years ago, Steve Jobs relegated Flash Player from the iPhone. He was right to do so; because it was too insecure, Jobs wrote, too proprietary, too resource-intensive, too unaccommodating for a platform run by fingertips instead of mouse clicks.
Adobe itself acknowledged the transition:
“As open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.”
They announced they will “stop updating and distributing the Flash Player,” giving the end of 2020 as its end-of-life date.
- But how can we do without Flash?
Good news! You already got used to a mostly Flashless life. The Flash Player plug-in hasn’t been on iOS since 2010, Android since 2012. On desktops as well, most browsers have stopped using Adobe Flash Player some time ago. Google, Firefox, Internet Explorer have already blocked flash ads. Time to say goodbye: the internet’s least-favorite old friend gets unplugged.
- Who needs Flash When We Have WebRTC?
In our latest article, we mentioned the WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) compatibility of the new Microsoft Edge. Add it to your queue if you haven’t read it yet:
If Flash Player were a plane, WebRTC would be teleportation. To take a plane, we need to transport ourselves to the airport; to use Flash, we need to transport data to another server. To teleport -in the future- we will only need a hub; to use WebRTC, all we need is data.
More clearly, WebRTC requires no connection through a server when sending data. What’s best about WebRTC is that users don’t need to download or software installation to use WebRTC solutions like 11Sight. Penetration of WebRTC-friendly browsers is increasing; which means it can easily replace Flash Player.
Web RTC is the technology of the future; taking advantage of it is all up to you. 11Sight is an advanced WebRTC technology which provides 1-click video chat to connect customers with the companies of the future. Try it free; give us a call!