Today, Adobe announced that they will end the support for Flash after 2020. Major browsers have already begun phasing out their support, including Firefox, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge. HTML5 and WebGL standards provide same capabilities with improved performance, battery life, and increased security.
Microsoft also announced that they will remove the Flash from Windows entirely by the end of 2020. Microsoft Edge already added Click-to-Run for Flash in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
- Through the end of 2017 and into 2018, Microsoft Edge will continue to ask users for permission to run Flash on most sites the first time the site is visited and will remember the user’s preference on subsequent visits. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash with no special permissions required during this time.
- In mid to late 2018, Microsoft Edge to require permission for Flash to be run each session. Internet Explorer will continue to allow Flash for all sites in 2018.
- In mid to late 2019, Microsoft will disable Flash by default in both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Users will be able to re-enable Flash in both browsers.
By the end of 2020, the company will remove the ability to run Adobe Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer across all supported versions of Microsoft Windows. Users will no longer have any ability to enable or run Flash.