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adobe flash player replacement

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What does a firefox browser user do now that Adobe flash player will no longer be supported?

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There really is no way to run Flash content (.swf files) without Flash. But the good news is that sites have been transitioning away from Flash for a long time -- probably since the day Steve Jobs decreed it would never be allowed on iPhones.

To get a sense of the impact of this change on you, consider your routine browsing experience. You can tell a site wants to use Flash because a notification icon appears next to the lock icon in the address bar and the Flash content will not run until you click that icon and grant site-specific permission. Looks like this:

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If that doesn't sound familiar, the sites you visit are not using Flash -- or you have been ignoring the Flash content on those sites. In those cases, you won't be missing anything by not having Flash.

If you do use content that runs on Flash -- for example, some online games -- you will lose access to that content unless/until the site updates it (hopefully they will soon).

In case you are curious about Facebook Web Games, Facebook has given developers until the end of the year to convert their games from Flash to other technologies if they want to stay on Facebook. (Blog post.) So you'll probably see those changes start to roll out in the next two months.

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Websites will have to migrate existing Flash content and functionality to HTML and JavaScript once Adobe will stop supporting Flash with security updates and all browsers will stop supporting Flash.

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There really is no way to run Flash content (.swf files) without Flash. But the good news is that sites have been transitioning away from Flash for a long time -- probably since the day Steve Jobs decreed it would never be allowed on iPhones.

To get a sense of the impact of this change on you, consider your routine browsing experience. You can tell a site wants to use Flash because a notification icon appears next to the lock icon in the address bar and the Flash content will not run until you click that icon and grant site-specific permission. Looks like this:

<center></center>

If that doesn't sound familiar, the sites you visit are not using Flash -- or you have been ignoring the Flash content on those sites. In those cases, you won't be missing anything by not having Flash.

If you do use content that runs on Flash -- for example, some online games -- you will lose access to that content unless/until the site updates it (hopefully they will soon).

In case you are curious about Facebook Web Games, Facebook has given developers until the end of the year to convert their games from Flash to other technologies if they want to stay on Facebook. (Blog post.) So you'll probably see those changes start to roll out in the next two months.

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