Adobe Flash End of Life

On Tuesday 25 July 2017, Adobe announced they will cease all support and development of Adobe Flash at the end of 2020. For many years the use of Flash has been declining primarily due to the incompatibility with mobile devices and the numerous security vulnerabilities being discovered.


Since the beginning of 2017, the major web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge/Internet Explorer and Safari) have been gradually restricting the use of Flash, blocking its use by default. By the end of 2020 these web browsers will have removed support for Flash completely, any content requiring it will not run.


Some schools are using content to deliver the curriculum that rely on Flash. Software such as Tout Le Monde and the 2Simple Collection along with websites such as Mathletics and BBC Bitesize are examples of Flash dependant content.


EIS strongly recommends that updated software or alternatives not reliant on Flash should be sought before the 2020 deadline. We suggest speaking with the content providers to discuss available options or look for alternatives . If investigating new web based content, ensure it is based on newer standards-based technologies (HTML5 and WebGL) as this will allow it to run on a wider range of devices (iPads, Android tablets, Windows and Mac for example).