Yes, I never meant to imply that flash was going to magically stop working in 2020. It will stop receiving (security) updates. And, just like with XP, this means that it is a huge risk for the user to run anything with flash, especially if they are new to AE and don't know that AE would never try to break into their computers or whatever. The same thing is true with XP: No one should have kept running it after 2014. Of course, not everyone knows their cybersecurity 101, but my personal opinion is that it is highly irresponsible of any company to get said cybersecurity illiterates to use things that are discontinued.
AE has talked about converting their old games off Flash in the past, which is very nice, all that I'm worried about is that they decide not to because they think that the launcher is "good enough". If they end up not meeting the deadline of 2020, that's not very awesome, but as long as they try, that's fine by me. If they end up failing because the technical difficulties are too big, then that is very unfortunate, but not much that can be helped. But if they just stop trying because "Hey, we will technically not have to shut down in 2020 now!", then I will be very disappointed.
By taking Flash out of the browser and putting it into a customized launcher, many of the vulnerabilities it would have had in a browser are already removed. It is also possible that AE, with its new launcher in hand, will be willing to make updates to the Flash version that comes with the launcher themselves, allowing development of this specialized version to continue. This alone would have the potential to make it more secure than a distributed version of Flash could ever be, with or without Adobe's involvement.
You cannot really compare this case with the XP scenario either, as that was still just the OS being used in it's natural environment, where as here Flash now exists outside of the environment in which it would be most susceptible to exploits and attacks. XP also continued to see wide use after it discontinuation, not just because people were unaware of the dangers, but because of how much had been built upon it. Uprooting and moving elsewhere is not always an ideal choice, nor always the most sensible one, despite the dangers the local environment presents.
I for one celebrate this launcher as a huge step for AE, and hope that they will one day be able to use it to its full potential.
< Message edited by Ninjaty -- 6/20/2018 14:37:23 >