A reader has a question about the end of Adobe Flash Player.

“But what takes its place?”

Well, nothing takes its place. Things that require Flash Player to work aren’t going to work anymore.

Fortunately, not a lot of things require Flash Player these days. Other platforms that are built into websites like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly provide many of the capabilities that plugins like Flash offered. That means most of the tasks that used to require a plug-in like Flash are now built right into the browser.

Unfortunately, a lot of games that used Flash Player have not been discontinued. That’s because you can’t just convert a game from Flash to HTML5. The game must be completely rebuilt. For some products, that just wouldn’t be profitable.