This past July, Adobe announced that Flash will finally go away in 2020. Yes, it has been sick and dying for years, but still limped along, especially on older computers and browsers that didn’t support newer, HTML5 technology. What does this mean for us in the eLearning industry? It means that any Flash-only content will stop being usable to most learners. WIRED magazine specifically cited interactive learning as being one of the areas hit hardest by the death of Flash. When the day finally comes, no one will be able to install Flash on any new computers or browsers, and most browsers will block Flash from working on existing computers or browsers. So if you have any Flash content that you still want to have available in 2020, now is the time to act. Many companies are submitting budgets now for 2018. If you miss that cycle, then you’ll only have 2019 and 2020 to convert your courses, which may not be much time if you have quite a library. What’s involved in converting Flash courses into HTML5 courses? Use this interactive flow chart to find out.
“If you have any Flash content that you want to be available in 2020 and beyond, now is the time to act. If you miss the 2018 budget cycle, you may not have enough time in 2019 and 2020 to convert your courses.”