Here is why and when Microsoft will end support for Adobe Flash Player on Chromium based EDGE browser
Adobe Flash is a software platform for the browser that enables the display multimedia such as animations and other graphical content that is being phased out of active development. Flash is still used in some platforms, such as OWL, and requires being enabled in most browsers in order to properly show content. However, open Web standards such as “HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly” have matured as viable alternatives to Flash for browsers. Developers should use those technologies instead, Adobe explained in its announcement.
Adobe’s support plans for Flash include providing security updates and adding “capabilities as needed,” but all support for Flash will end after 2020. Flash’s end will be accelerated in “certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed,” Adobe stated back in 2017.
According to the reports it was known that the Flash Player technology comes packed with multiple security holes that allow the threat actors to penetrate the websites and get a huge problem for security experts and browser makers. Browser makers were years ahead of Adobe’s announcement because Flash is seen as a general security problem. They’ve already initiated efforts to restrict Flash from running in browsers, except with user consent.
This means that starting from January 2021, Microsoft will end support for the Flash Player. The company said that “Flash Player will be barred from receiving updates in Chromium Edge or Internet Explorer. In other words, users will no longer have any ability to enable or run Flash natively, but you can still run it by going through some browser hoops, such as extensions or apps.”
According to Microsoft the timeline of the upcoming changes to Adobe Flash Player are as follows:
- By the end of 2020, Microsoft will end support for Flash Player on Edge (both the new and old versions) and Internet Explorer 11.
- Flash Player will be removed from the Chromium Edge by January 2021.
- In the fall of 2020, Microsoft will publish “Update for removal of Adobe Flash Player” for those who want it.
- In 2021, Microsoft will begin rolling out the optional update to remove the Flash Player from the OS.
- By the summer of 2021, Microsoft says it will remove all the APIs, group policies and user interfaces from Edge (legacy) and IE 11 for the Flash Player.
Moreover, Google already supports HTML5 by default in its Chrome browser, but it also has a phase-out plan for Flash use. Users will be asked permission to run it. Later, Flash will be disabled by default. Flash will be removed completely “toward the end of 2020.”
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