In a blog post announcing the change, Adobe credited Flash with “[pushing] the web forward.” But the company also conceded that HTML5, which is friendlier to laptop batteries and not the security nightmare Flash has become, has matured enough to “be the web platform of the future across all devices.”
To that end, Adobe is updating Animate CC in January with new features, along with releasing an HTML5 video player for desktop browsers.
But Flash isn’t going away. Animate CC will still support Flash creation, along with HTML5, WebGL, 4K video, and SVG. And you’re still going to run into content online that requires Flash Player (such as Facebook games), and, yes, even some Flash video. Adobe says that Facebook will be sending back “security information” to Adobe so the company can improve Flash Player’s security. Adobe’s blog post also mentions having worked with “Microsoft and Google to help ensure the ongoing compatibility and security of Flash content” in browsers.
At the time, Adobe fired back accusing Apple of “[taking] a step that could undermine this next chapter of the web,” referring to the transition between desktop and mobile browsing. Now, Adobe is also praising HTML5, saying, “Looking ahead, we encourage content creators to build with new web standards.”
In other words, not Flash.