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Flash is still everywhere

February 26, 2013

About a year ago, as we were preparing to release the new version of Reports, we reported on why we choose to use Flash for this, and also looked into which versions of Flash Player our users had.

Now that 2013 is well and truly upon us we thought it would be a good chance to look at how the landscape has changed.

It's also a good time to review, because back then version 9 of the Flash Player had just become unsupported, and now the then-current version 10 is only supported in it's most recent revision. The very latest version 11 is also much faster, uses less memory and importantly keeps itself up to date automatically.

Pie chart of Flash Player versions

Straight away we can see that the vast majority of our users continue to be on the latest version. This has dipped slightly from 94% last year to 89% this time around, with most of those running the immediate prior version. This number is a little higher at 11% than before when only around 4% of people were on the previous version.

Also significant is that the numbers of users running old or unsupported versions has dropped hugely. Before we had around 2% of our users running very old versions of Flash, but this is now little more than a rounding error.

This means most of of users must be upgrading, keeping themselves secure, and also enabling developers like us to have confidence that we can use more advanced features without too many people missing out.

We do see a small up tick in the number of users who report having no Flash Player at all, up to just under 10%. This is mostly the Safari web browser on iOS and so must represent mobile users.
We still plan to have a mobile version of Reports available, but producing a single application that will work on everything from Android to Blackberry isn't as simple or mature as developing a web site or Flash-based application. If you have any thoughts on what you would like from a mobile application, please do let us know.

Remember if you are not sure if you have the correct version of Flash Player, just visit http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer and you'll be able to install the most recent one there and then, or contact your IT department.

Posted by Tom Chiverton

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