Flash content will be blocked on January 12, 2021

Flash is no longer supported since January 1, 2021. And from the 12th of the same month, content will be blocked.

This is it: Flash has not been maintained by Adobe since January 1, 2021. If you’ve been following tech news for the past few years, you know that the American company has long been planning to stop s ‘occupy this format, which is used for animations and games on the web, and which had its heyday in the 90s and 2000s.

The web has in fact generally switched to new technologies, which are also open, unlike Flash, which remained a proprietary format until the end. But if December 31, 2020 marked the end of its support, it is not the only date in the calendar that Adobe has planned. Indeed, another deadline is scheduled for January 12, 2021. On that date, Flash content will be blocked.

Flash Among Us

Source: Melvyn Dadure for Numerama

“”, Thus indicates a page of the group answering general questions on the disappearance of Flash. This is not a surprise: this deadline had already been indicated for several weeks. There are therefore only a few days of reprieve before the content is locked.

Neutralization of the format is done with the support of major web browsers, all of which follow a similar roadmap.

Firefox, for example, will get rid of it with the January 26, 2021 update, and arrangements have been made to address previous versions of the software as well. As for Microsoft, after providing a manual uninstallation tool, it will remove Flash from Windows automatically in 2021. Since June, Adobe has recommended that the public remove Flash from its environment.

Flash legacy preserved thanks to Ruffle

The disappearance of Flash has fueled fears about the archiving of games and animations based on this technology. Indeed, organizations like Internet Archive or Flashpoint have taken the decision to amass as much of this content as possible to preserve this heritage, which has had a considerable impact on the web – the fact that it took so long (about ten years) to get rid of Flash is also a sign: this format was literally everywhere.

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The good news is that it will still be possible to enjoy Flash content without Flash, thanks to a free and open source project called Ruffle. It makes it possible to emulate this technology without risk for the computer. Enough to allow you to relaunch games like Yeti Sports, Curveball, Stickman Sam 2, Snowcraft and Line Rider, or to immerse yourself in animations such as Loituma Girl, All your base are belong to us or Caramelldansen.

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