Flash is dying, long live HTML5

Adobe has ended development on Flash for mobile phones, meaning the venerable technology of the internet’s yesteryear may finally be on the wane.

Flash, the software made by Adobe, has been a fillip for the Internet for years. In the early days of web browsers, which couldn’t play video or do fancy graphics, Flash appeared as an almost miracle cure. It worked in all browsers, and let designers build graphically rich, sophisticated websites.

It was used by YouTube to play the one billion or so videos viewed on the site a day (the number is now three billion) and there were even web competitions for the funky sites designed in Flash.

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