But don’t rejoice yet, It won’t happen until 2020!
It wasn’t long ago we wrote about Flash deciding as part of a routine update that it would download MacAfee Security Scanner and Intel True Key without our knowledge or consent and it sent our stand alone computer into a complete spiral.
Well, Adobe has now announced it is no longer supporting Flash after 2020. This means, in just 3 years, we’ll have no more random crashes, dodgy pop ups from third party sites and best of all, it won’t take 10 minutes to open a simple news site like Yahoo, Daily Mail or Google.
In fact, it is somewhat ironic, just a week after writing about the fiasco we had with Flash, it’s been decided to pull it to make way for more reliable and modern software. Was someone at Adobe reading?
Flash, in its early days was an integral piece of software, needed to run many aspects of a website, such as chat engines, video consoles, audio and to control a websites behaviour.
In recent years, it has declined in popularity, namely due to the fact it crashes often and can’t seem to keep up with the rest of the world. Also, it’s incompatibility with pretty much everything has made it obsolete.
We don’t know what will replace it, but hopefully, Adobe have learned their lesson about dodgy dealings and forcing users to download and install programs they neither want nor need.
There is also more good news on the Technology front. Microsoft is going to remove MS Paint from installs of all future installations of windows. After 30 years, the much loved program, used mainly by bored school children during lessons will be removed from the standard installation and will now be available on the App Store.
The decision to pull Paint was to push Paint 3D, a more advanced, touch screen version of the initial program, though not all of its features come for free.
The fact of the matter is, that Paint is a seldom used program unless you’re doing screen grabs, it’s also a waste of valuable disk space if you never use it at all, as most programs come with the capability of basic image modification.
Let’s just hope that Microsoft don’t become too greedy and start trying to cash in on the retro users and start forcing them to buy it when they have already paid for their OS, either before the initial release of windows 10 using their windows 7, 8 and 8.1 keys as the gateway, of buying it new with a new computer.
It will be sad to Flash and Paint go, but we have to move on with the times,, and at 20 and 30 years old respectively, computers have advanced far beyond what they were initially needed for, and as they probably no longer fall under copyright, the source codes are more than likely out there for people to create variations to suit their own needs.