Google Search will ignore the Flash content by the end of the year. This means Google Search will ignore Flash contents of websites. On 25 July 2019, Adobe has announced that they will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020.
At the beginning of this year, Microsoft, a technology partner of Adobe, announced its plan to remove Flash technology from Microsoft browsers including Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser due to its collaboration with Adobe as a technology partner.
After Microsoft’s announcement, Apple and Mozilla too announced their intentions regarding stop supporting Flash. Now Google Search also announced that it will stop indexing standalone SWF files at the end of this year. Google engineering manager Dong-Hwi Lee write a blog post on Google Webmaster Central Blog and he underlined that Flash, you inspired the web. Now, there are web standards like HTML5 to continue your legacy.
Installed over 500 million times
When we look back we see that there were several industries and businesses built around Flash technology in various categories such as gaming, education, and video. According to a blog post on Adobe’s official website, more than 500 million devices were addressable with Flash technology in mid-2013.
It was projected there would be over 1 billion addressable devices by the end of 2015. Moreover, over 20,000 apps in mobile markets are built using Flash technology. The company shared also over three million developers used the Adobe Flash technology to create engaging interactive and animated web content.