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Microsoft outlines end of support for Adobe Flash Player

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft outlines the end of support for Adobe Flash Player in a new blog post.
  • Microsoft's browser will end support for Adobe Flash Player at the end of 2020.
  • Adobe Flash Player is being replaced by more secure technologies.

Microsoft shared an update today on the end of support for Adobe Flash Player. Microsoft already announced that support for Adobe Flash Player would end in December 2020, but a new blog post from the company outlines how enterprise users can get continued support. It also provides a more exact timeline of how support will end.

Adobe Flash Player is less secure than alternatives such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly. Both the legacy version of Microsoft Edge and the new Microsoft Edge will lose support for Adobe Flash Player at the end of 2020. Additionally, Internet Explorer 11 will lose Adobe Flash support at the end of the year.

While many sites have already migrated away from Adobe Flash Player, some enterprises still rely on it. Enterprise customers can contact Adobe's official partner, HARMAN, if they still need support for Adobe Flash Player beyond the end of 2020. Adobe discusses this further in a blog post (opens in new tab).

Microsoft will remove all APIs, group policies, and user interfaces that "specifically govern the behavior of Adobe Flash Player" from Microsoft Edge (legacy) and Internet Explorer 11 through a Cumulative Update in the summer of 2021, as outlined in its blog post.

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10 Comments
  • Microsoft needs to remove Flash Player Settings Applet from the Windows Control Panel.
  • They'll do you one better. They plan on removing the Control Panel. They are putting everything into Windows Settings anyway.
  • Imagine a car maker sell you a car and 10 years down the line deactivate the key because its unsafe.
  • That's a terrible comparison.
  • Imagine that over 3 years ago Adobe, along with every single browser maker, announced that the end of support for Flash would happen at the end of the current year and you are operating a website that hasn't been updated in 10 years which relies so critically on Flash that Flash could be described as the key to the site and still expecting customers to want to do business with you.
  • Flash is used by governments extensively. Business not so much.
    MS and adobe are holding governments to ransom for bigger contracts with this.
    Saying that they'll continue to support enterprise is proof of that.
    What good is support at state backend when citizens cant use flash on their PC?
    As far as I can see IE (flash) is currently the only way to fill out a tax form in the countries where i do business.
  • Edge has IE Mode for those that need it. Webmasters knew this change was coming for yrs now.
  • So you blame Microsoft for no longer including support for a product that the owner gave more than 3 years notice of ending support? You understand that private industry was able to respond in plenty of time (I never even installed Flash on my current computer and it is nearly 5 years old and have never had an instance where I needed it) but don't blame the slow and unresponsive governments for their unwillingness to respond to the world around them when their own vendors have already announced end-of-support dates years in advance because it's the browser vendors holding them hostage? Adobe is ending support. What is Microsoft supposed to do continue to include a product in their browser that is no longer receiving support from its maker? Flash is a HUGE security liability even when it is supported and you want them to keep shipping it even after it is no longer receiving security updates? I'm glad I don't have to do business in any of those countries. Think again about who is holding who hostage.
  • Kill it with fire!
  • That should have been dead a decade ago. Now if we could just get rid of Java.