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How long will Flash survive? – BBC News

Many experts have predicted the demise of the once ubiquitous Flash plug-in. How long will it survive?

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As the video in this article points out, the death of Flash has been proclaimed since around 2010, yet it still hangs on. I’ll have to post the case study I wrote about it at the time (if I didn’t post it already at some point) in which I concluded that we needed to move on as well. However, having worked in several rather large companies, these companies are often slower to adapt to current technology, let alone outdated technology, which might be the reason it clings on for dear life. What do you think? Should we be making a greater effort to move away from Flash and towards leaner coding that works with multiple platforms, or continue to support Flash? Include your comments below. –TechCommGeekMom

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

2 thoughts on “How long will Flash survive? – BBC News

  1. Good question. It’s a little like the “PDF is dead” talk we heard a few years back. The talk finally died away, and PDF lives on.

    Except that Flash isn’t like PDF. It’s prone to security problems, and it has a nasty habit of crashing my browser. Mozilla has already disabled Flash by default, which I think is the beginning of the end. As other browsers and mobile platforms move away from Flash, we’ll see it fade into the night. Unlike with PDF, there won’t be a groundswell of support for keeping it — because unlike with PDF, there are clear-cut alternatives.

    1. Apple abandoned Flash–at least on its mobile devices–from the beginning. If you can run something that’s Flash-based on an i-device, you are most likely using some sort of conversion tool or there’s alternate code in HTML5/JavaScript to accommodate the animation. I agree that this is different from the use of PDF, but Flash seems to be experiencing a slow and painful death…painful for us!

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