Microsoft is finally ready to purge Flash from Windows 10 once and for all. The edge Microsoft reports that Microsoft now plans to completely remove the built-in version of the Adobe plug-in from Windows through a cumulative update rolled out to users in July. The Anti-Flash patch will also be included in Cumulative and Security Updates for Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012.
Anyone who updates to Windows 10 21H1 will automatically lose Flash, Microsoft’s add-on, and people who want to pull the built-in Flash player can already download the appropriate optional patch if they haven’t already installed it.
None of Microsoft’s fixes will perform manual Flash installations, although that might not be a problem when Adobe stopped supporting the plug-in at the end of 2020 and is currently urging users to remove the add-on. Microsoft is relatively late to the party, we would add. Google pulled Chrome users away from Flash in 2016, and competing browser makers like Apple and Mozilla took similar steps around the same time.
It is the effective end of Flash for many users. Although the plugin has lost its relevance due to both its security concerns and the rise of HTML5, it persists on many people’s PCs due to the Windows 10 bundle. Now people won’t. no choice but to use modern web technology – although the update arrives late enough that the public won’t even notice.
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