Microsoft has been updating its browser with cool stuff aiding online work-from-home necessities. However, one update upsets its users of new Edge browsers since the company is pursuing the removal of Adobe Flash.
It was in 2017 when Microsoft, along with Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Mozilla, and Google - planned that they would end the support for Flash by December 2020.
Now, Microsoft has announced that the reported plan three years ago is in progress.
“Microsoft is ending support for Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge (both the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Legacy) and Internet Explorer 11 at the end of 2020,” stated by the company on the Microsoft Edge blog.
Moreover, the company has clarified that by January 2021 that it will be removing Flash from Chromium-based Edge. It will also cut updates for its Windows users concerning the Player.
“After December 2020, you will no longer receive Security Update for Adobe Flash Player from Microsoft that applies to Microsoft Edge Legacy,” the company said.
Microsoft also added that in January 2021, it would be disabling the Adobe Flash by default as well as blocked all versions of it. Furthermore, resources that are related to the software hosted on Microsoft websites will no longer be available.
There will an update to be released that will permanently delete the software on Windows. Microsoft will be launching the update called “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” to be accessed on Microsoft Update Catalog. Once available, users can download it manually in Autumn 2020.
The update will run in early 2020 as optional on Windows Update and WSUS. However, Microsoft will mandate users to download the Flash removal update later on.
“In the Summer of 2021, all the APIs, group policies, and user interfaces that specifically govern the behavior of Adobe Flash Player will be removed from Microsoft Edge (legacy) and Internet Explorer 11,” Microsoft added.
“It will be via the latest ‘Cumulative Update’ on Windows 10 and via ‘Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer 11’ or ‘Monthly Rollup” on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.”