Microsoft will no longer support Flash in January 2021
Microsoft will no longer support Flash in January 2021

Microsoft has provided more details on how to turn off Flash support in the Edge web browser. Compatibility with Adobe's plan, with some notable exceptions.

Microsoft announced that it would end support for Flash in web browsers in January 2021, and confirmed a clear statement issued in July 2017 with Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google and Mozilla.

As expected, Flash will be disabled by default in Edge browser starting in December 2020, and Flash releases released before June 2020 will be completely blocked.

Users of the previous version of Chromium Edge and Internet Explorer 11 will also not receive a Flash Security Update from Microsoft.

If you don't want to use Flash until after Flash has officially ended support, you can also use Flash Removal Tool as a Windows component.

The tool will be released this fall and will be released on Windows Update in early 2020. It is recommended in a few months.

Microsoft has warned that this is a permanent update of Windows and will not be rolled back.

Once Flash is no longer supported, Microsoft should remove Flash-related downloadable resources from all download platforms.

Starting in summer 2021, Microsoft will remove Flash development infrastructure, group policy, and user interface from the legacy Edge browser and Internet Explorer 11 through cumulative updates on multiple versions of Windows.

Enterprise customers who need Flash can choose at any time as the company allows Edge to run Flash as a plugin via Internet Explorer mode.

Google has reset Chromium (the main driver in the current version of Edge) to Flash around the same time, leaving the software giant with no choice but to end support in 2020.

Adobe stated that it will force users to uninstall Flash before this change takes place, and the company said it will stop updating and distributing Flash Player after December 31, 2020.

This decision was made due to the decrease in the number of users still using Flash Player and to the presence of more secure open technologies (such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly).

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