Breaking: Microsoft to Stop Supporting Adobe Flash Player After 2020

Highlights:  

  • Microsoft Announces to Disable Adobe Flash Player by default  
  • Users will receive an update purposed to remove it from systems  
  • After the update, a downloadable plugin will be made available for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11  

Owing to the fact that secure and better alternatives are available for the Flash Player, it has been unanimously decided that Microsoft will no longer support Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 after 2020. Although Microsoft had settled it in 2017 along with the other tech companies, they are now finally going to execute it.  

The announcement states the following points to be taken in effect from January 1st, 2021.  

  • The Adobe Flash Player will be disabled by itself  
  • Users will not receive security updates  
  • Versions older than KB4561600 or those released before June 2020 will be blocked.  

The main reason behind the decision is the significantly reduced usage of Adobe Flash Player. Among others, HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly are known flash players mostly in use these days.  

In a blog announcement, Adobe has itself claimed that it would no longer update and distribute Flash Player after the end of this year.  

“As previously announced in July 2017, Adobe will stop updating and distributing Flash Player after December 31st, 2020. We made this announcement in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla – which issued complementary announcements with more technical detail on what the Flash Player end-of-life (EOL) will mean for developers, enterprises, and consumers using their specific operating system environments or browsers. Some browser vendors may start to phase out support for Flash Player and other third-party plug-ins before the end of 2020.”  

In one of its blog posts, Microsoft has mentioned that it will remove Adobe Flash Player with the release of Microsoft Edge v88. It will happen after the users receive an update with the title “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” in Microsoft Update Catalogue, Windows Update, and WSUS. This update will be able to remove it from the devices.  

In its blog post, Adobe said: “Adobe will continue issuing regular Flash Player security patches while maintaining operating system and browser compatibility through the end of 2020. End users will be prompted on their machines to uninstall Adobe Flash Player later this year. As always, we recommend that our customers use the latest, supported, and up-to-date software.”  

However, if some businesses need assistance or flash support for their applications, Adobe will be more than pleased to provide them the necessary help and support.  

Besides, Microsoft ensured that Adobe Flash Player would be available as a Plugin downloadable for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11. However, Microsoft will no longer provide the Customer Support for the flash player as it will be considered as a third-party plugin. 

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