On December 31, 2020, Adobe will drop support for Flash Player entirely, which means it will no longer be available for download on their website and no further updates will be released for it. Moreover, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft agreed to disable the Flash plugin in their web browsers on the same day, with Microsoft removing it from Windows entirely by January 2021.
This is massive, because there are still loads of Flash contents available on the Web, including eLearning content, and all of it will soon stop working on people’s computers. Why does this need to happen, and what alternatives are there to Adobe Flash? Let’s find out.
Important: The instructions in this article are only applicable to converting PowerPoint presentations to HTML5 or creating HTML5 content from scratch. If you’re looking for a way to convert an executable Flash file (SWF) to HTML5, you will need a very different set of tools and a good share of luck.
Why Did the Tech World Give Up on Flash?
Over the first few years since Flash was presented to the digital world, it became quite a unique medium. Websites that previously only consisted of text and images quickly became filled with all sorts of Flash content: animated menus, embedded cartoons, interactive games, intrusive ads, and, of course, eLearning courses. It got so ubiquitous that websites created entirely on Flash started popping up like mushrooms.
It provided millions of hours of entertainment for users, further popularizing the World Wide Web and making Internet surfing fun like never before. But, while casual folks appreciated it for what it is, big tech companies like Apple and Google were not really keen on Flash almost right off the bat.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO at the time, landed the first jab at Adobe’s chin in 2010, by publishing an open letter in which he pointed out Flash’s main flaws. He also announced that Apple will not support Flash Player on its mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. Since then, the tech world’s despise for Adobe Flash got stronger, as more and more major players openly criticized it, substantially lowering their products’ dependence on Flash. To continue reading