Adobe’s web media helper apps have a long history of being problematic from a security perspective, needing constant patches and fixes to keep customers safe. So, it should come as no surprise that the company will end its Shockwave product soon.
While it’s other popular media app, Flash, reaches its end of life in 2020, Shockwave will be retired next month. According to the company’s FAQ on the topic…
Effective April 9, 2019, Adobe Shockwave will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available for download. Retiring the Shockwave player for Windows is the last step in a multi-year process: Adobe Director, an authoring tool for Shockwave content, was discontinued on February 1, 2017 and the Shockwave player for macOS was discontinued on March 1, 2017.
The company cites a decline in usage of Shockwave as the reason.