The most used search engine – Google – recently made an announcement that it will take back the support of flash content in its search as the Internet is going to say bye-bye to the multimedia software platform in the year 2020.
According to the reports of the announcement, if the web pages have any sort of flash content, Google will ignore it and the search will also stop indexing standalone SWF files.
In a recent blog post, Dong-Hwi Lee, Google engineering manager also highlighted the fact that how ubiquitous Flash once was – the Flash runtime was installed 500 million times in the second half of 2013.
“Flash was the answer to the boring static web, with rich animations, media, and actions. It was a prolific technology that inspired many new content creators on the web. It was everywhere,” Lee added.
Going back to 2017, Adobe had even announced it would stop supporting the once-prolific technology and then Google had even agreed that it would remove flash completely from the Chrome web browser by the end of 2020.
On the Chrome version 76, flash is already disabled by default.
Meanwhile, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla have also announced their plans for retiring Flash in their respective browsers.