At the time, Apple and Jobs were receiving criticism from some - Adobe included - for not allowing Flash on iOS. Adobe didn't initially support Flash Player on the iPhone and iPad, though, which led to sites and apps turning to other standards such as HTML5, instead. Today, the numbers stand at just 17 percent.
The news doesn't come as a surprise to most as the internet has already started shrinking Flash's reach in favor of HTML5 and other open standards like WebGL and WebAssembly.
In mid to late 2018, we will update Microsoft Edge to require permission for Flash to be run each session. With Adobe announcing the final timeline for its death, content creators who still utilize Flash are advised to jump ship as soon as possible. Mozilla said Flash will be disabled by default for most users in 2019.
"This trend reveals that sites are migrating to open-web technologies, which are faster and more power-efficient than Flash", Google added. These browsers, along with Mozilla's Firefox, will continue to phase out Flash support over the next few years. These standards have matured over the past years and have overtaken Flash in its functionality of providing interactive and creative content on the web.
At the same time, Flash was crucial in developing what people expected from the internet.
As you may recall, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs infamously penned a public letter about Flash way back in 2010.
Through 2020, Adobe said it will continue to issue any needed security patches and keep Flash compatible with operating systems and web browsers, the company said. For its Mac lineup of personal computers, Apple said it began moving away from Flash in 2010 when it didn't pre-install those computers with Flash.
Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in or on supported mobile devices.
Google announced on the company blog that Flash will be retired in Google Chrome as well.The company did not publish a roadmap but stated that it will remove Flash completely from Google Chrome toward the end of 2020. Most modern web browsers already make it fairly hard to run Flash content on websites, but Flash will be completely removed in web browsers by 2020. Users have options to re-enable Flash. When retiring an application, it is important to manage expectations by establishing and communicating an end-of-life support policy that governs retirement and sets a clear end-of-support date-in this case no later than the end of 2020.