In fact, Adobe’s plugin is also the only one natively supported by the major browsers, and so it is naturally the last one to fall.
Three years lead time is a lot when deprecating any technology, but Adobe argues that several industries and businesses have been built around Flash technology, including gaming, education, and video.
It’s hard to discuss Apple’s role in the demise of Flash without mentioning Steve Jobs’ infamous essay in April 2010 brutally criticizing the technology. And of course, Apple isn’t missing the opportunity to emphasize it paved the path to Flash’s grave: Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time.
Never mind that other browsers are much further along than Safari.
In terms of not supporting Flash, Safari is way ahead. Unlike Adobe’s other four partners, Facebook doesn’t make a browser.
The history of Flash is tricky to follow, but it arguably begins in November 1996, when Macromedia acquired a small company called Future Splash.
Macromedia re-branded and released Future Splash Animator as Macromedia Flash 1.0, which was made up of a graphics and animation editor called Macromedia Flash and a player known as Macromedia Flash Player.
As such, Adobe will keep issuing regular security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility, and adding features and capabilities as needed through 2020.