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Marcel in Winnipeg Manitoba listens to the podcasts and asked: “Flash is ending in December in 2020. I’m getting this message on my Chrome. It says “turn off” and I tried it once and I lost all my games. Nothing was working. So I had to go in and re-install it. Is there any app available that will replace Flash? Even if you have to pay for it, I don’t care. It seems like all these people that have these programs and games out, they don’t seem to care.”
Marcel, there’s nothing planned that will run flash in-browser games.
Flash in general is largely being replaced by a combination of HTML5 canvas and CSS3 which together can produce pretty sophisticated animations. HTML5 can also work with multimedia elements for both recording and playback, in fact, you’re probably using HTML5 on most streaming sites today without even knowing it.
Having said that, HTML5 can’t open flash files it can just create similar applications that are supported by most modern browsers and are more secure and efficient than their flash counterparts.
There are a couple of open source projects like osFlash and Lightspark that you could try to use to replace Flash, but they tend to be outdated and for Linux.
You can also keep using the same version of Flash that you’re using now, those files won’t go away or stop working any time soon, but losing official browser support coupled with the fact that Flash is not even used in 5% of websites these days means that some day they might.
You should also keep security in mind if you plan to stick to Flash. Flash has packed with vulnerabilities. Adobe actually fixed 13 of them on a single day a few years ago. Those will not be fixed after Flash reaches its last day and if any are found they may be a problem that lives in your computer and is waiting to be exploited.
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