It's strange and almost an existential crisis for me since Flash is something that's been around (and I've taken for granted) for my whole career.
My understanding is that they're doing away with the Flash player, not the software, because that would effectively mean they were doing away with Animate CC (which isn't happening). But that leads to the question of the outputs that Flash uses, as Charles noted, what happens to the swf?
I've been exporting swf files to bring into AE for years now as my primary workflow. So that question is causing some concern.
I haven't had time to read the articles on it yet, but I took the news as: They're no longer supporting Flash, because Flash is now Animate CC and they will continue supporting that. A lot of people use Animate/Flash, I can't imagine them getting rid of both them altogether, at least for a long while.
That's something I've been wondering, too.
By not supporting the flash player anymore, does that mean exporting swf files wont be a thing in the future? For me that was flash's biggest strength. Being able to import vector animation files into after effects is cool.