September 22, 2020

Microsoft launched four-step strategy: ending Flash support at the end of 2020

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In the face of frequent vulnerabilities and poor performance, mainstream Web sites, users, web applications have long been away from the Flash Player; and as a vendor, Adobe in the maintenance of the riddled Flash Player also feel physically and mentally exhausted, the vulnerability is even higher than the patch repair. Under the double pressure, Adobe announced today that it will stop updating the Flash browser plug-in in 2020 and stop developing and distributing the plug-in by 2020. In this regard, Microsoft announced that it will implement a four-step strategy to facilitate a smooth transition to alternative solutions.


Microsoft announced that it will completely remove the Flash Player plug-in from the Windows system by the end of 2020. Flash Player is currently one of the components of the Edge browser and the IE 11 browser, and the plug-in can be upgraded with Windows Update on Tuesday’s patch activity.

Microsoft said it has been set to remove the Flash from the Windows system, now in the Edge browser does not activate the default Flash content, the user needs to manually click to run. In addition, Edge browser introduced a number of security features to prevent the use of Flash plug-ins potential vulnerabilities, Microsoft said the future will help companies complete the transition from Flash.

Microsoft said the entire move Flash plug-in target is divided into four stages, the first phase will start from later this year until 2018 years. Microsoft’s description of the first step is as follows

When a user visits an unfamiliar new site through the Edge browser, the user is required to have permission to run the Flash content, and the subsequent access will remember the user’s preferences. At this stage, IE will continue to allow Flash content without special permissions to run.

In the next year, Edge browser will show a reminder after the upgrade and will each session to get the user’s permission, and IE browser can continue to allow all sites Flash content.

The third stage is mid-2019 to the end of the year, the two browsers will default to prevent Flash content, but the user can manually re-activate.

The fourth phase will continue until the end of 2020, the two browsers will completely remove the Flash content, Edge and IE browser will no longer allow the operation of Flash content.