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Flash

Flash is a once-popular, now retired, multimedia software platform. For about 20 years, Flash was a standard tool for running games, videos, animations, slideshows, maps, and other content on websites. Websites that used Flash required a Flash browser extension to load content within an embedded Flash Player. Flash Player was pivotal for using the web. Google estimates that at its peak, 80% of websites required Flash. Flash is now a deprecated technology. The decline in Flash usage was brought on due to Flash security vulnerabilities, and the migration toward more proficient open web technologies, like HTML5. Initially developed by FutureWave, Flash switched hands to Macromedia in 1996 then was purchased by Adobe in 2005. In 2017, Adobe announced that it planned to end-of-life the software at the end of 2020. By the end of 2020, most web browsers ended their support for Flash. [Bill: Still in minial use, but future-proofed this entry a bit]