Firefox 85 will be first version without Flash support

Posted on Wednesday, November 18 2020 @ 10:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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It's kind of amazing how long Adobe Flash has been used on the web. Once an ubiquitous and indispensable tool to create rich media and interactive websites, there's been an industry-wide effort over the past decade or so to get rid of the technology. With the exception of some legacy stuff here and there, most of the web has switched to modern alternatives and ditched the security bugs riddled Flash plug-in.

The end-of-life date of Flash Player is December 31, 2020. Now Mozilla announces that Firefox 85 will be its first browser to ship without Flash support. In a blog post, Mozilla writes this version will be rolled out on January 26, 2021. The Flash plug-in itself will stop working on January 12, 2021.
Firefox version 84 will be the final version to support Flash. On January 26, 2021 when we release Firefox version 85, it will ship without Flash support, improving our performance and security. For our users on Nightly and Beta release channels, Flash support will end on November 17, 2020 and December 14, 2020 respectively. There will be no setting to re-enable Flash support. The Adobe Flash plugin will stop loading Flash content after January 12, 2021.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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