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Adobe Is Telling People to Stop Using Flash

The company will now "encourage content creators to build with new Web standards," such as HTML5.

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Adobe is finally ready to say goodbye to Flash. In an announcement last night, Adobe said that it will now “encourage content creators to build with new Web standards,” such as HTML5, rather than Flash. It’s also beginning to deprecate the Flash name by renaming its animation app to Animate CC, away from Flash Professional CC.

Flash has been slowly dying over the past decade, in part due to an absence of support on smartphones and in part because it’s kind of become a scourge of the Internet. Though Flash initially had great success as a tool for creating Web games and animations, it has a number of downsides that have stood out more and more each year. Flash pages and players can be slow to load and a big drain on laptop batteries. More importantly, Flash has continually been subject to security issues, making it a major risk for anyone browsing the Web.

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