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Microsoft will stop supporting Adobe Flash in January 2021

Microsoft today announced that it will end support for Adobe Flash Player in its web browsers in January 2021, confirming an announcement made in July 2017 by Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google and Mozilla.

Adobe says that Flash Player will no longer be updated or distributed after December 31, 2020.

The decision was made due to the reduced number of people still using Flash Player and due to the safer and better performance of technologies such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly.

"Under this plan, Microsoft will end support for Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge (both the new Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Legacy) and Internet Explorer 11 by the end of 2020," the program manager said today. Microsoft, Suchithra Gopinath.

According to Microsoft's change program, the removal of Adobe Flash will take effect with the release of Microsoft Edge v88, at the same time as it will happen in its project Chromium, in Google Chrome v88.

It will be disabled by default starting in January 2021

"After December 2020, you will no longer receive" Adobe Flash Player Security Update "from Microsoft for Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer 11 ″, Gopinath added.

"From January 2021, Adobe Flash Player will be disabled by default and all older ones will be excluded publications from KB4561600 in June 2020. ”

In the fall of 2020, the company will publish an "Adobe Flash Player Removal Update" via Windows Update, WSUS, and the Microsoft Update Catalog that will permanently and permanently remove Flash from all Appliances of Windows.

Customers who want to remove Flash support before the official end of their support will be able to use this information from the list of updates and run it at systems their.

Users will not be able to uninstall the update as soon as it runs on their computers - in early 2021 it will be optional, with Microsoft starting to offer it in the coming months.

During the summer of 2021, the update will start circulating to users who have not yet installed it as a cumulative update.

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