Flash Player Will No Longer Work On Firefox In January. Although, it’s not so much an announcement as a reminder that on January 26, 2021, when Mozilla releases Firefox 85, the option to re-enable Adobe’s Flash Player will be gone, virtually eliminating Flash Player on the browser. Firefox is the latest in a string of browsers to have made the same move.
Future of the Flash
In fact, as of early 2021, it’ll be difficult to find any browser that will still support Flash Player. This needs to be done, and although it’s bound to cause some consternation, it’s a good move.
Flash Player was a seminal application and essential to early web development when the internet was in its infancy. Just about every decent website in existence made heavy use of Flash Player to enhance their sites’ capabilities.
Unfortunately, as the web matured, it became increasingly apparent that Flash Player had more than its share of problems. For a time, the discoveries of new critical security flaws in the code faster than Adobe could patch them, and put broad swaths of the internet at risk.
Time and technology advanced, and Flash was, in addition to being increasingly less secure and increasingly less robust web development option as competing products could do more, and do it more securely, to boot.
All of that slowly led us to a point where the significant browsers began developing a roadmap to phase out Flash support gradually, and now, that day is arriving.
Some browsers have already ended support, and Mozilla will follow suit early next year. If you’re still relying on Flash to power your company’s website, it’s well past time to find some other solution, and there are plenty of great alternatives out there. Technology is merely leaving your business behind. Don’t let that happen.