It looks like Microsoft is finally going to drop support for Adobe Flash Player on its Edge browser by the end of this year. The company, in a blog post on its official website, stated that “Adobe Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020.” The decision made by Microsoft was made in tandem with Adobe who also plans to phase out the use of the technology.
Goodbye, Adobe Flash Player
As a result of this announcement, Microsoft is expected to remove/disable Adobe Flash Player on Edge by default post-December 2020. Additionally, Flash security updates will also not be provided to users from Microsoft for users using pre-Chromium version of the Edge and Internet Explorer 11 browsers.
Furthermore, by summer 2021, Microsoft is planning to remove Adobe Flash Player-related developer frameworks, group policies and user interfaces from earlier versions of Edge and Internet Explorer 11. That being said, users who still need to use Flash (for some reason) will still be allowed to do so through a plugin and Edge running in Internet Explorer mode—but official support won’t be made available by Microsoft.
Regardless, the vast majority of users will not be affected too much by the impending permanent removal of Adobe Flash Player. The technology is currently becoming obsolete and developers are moving away from using it due to security issues that are present.