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Flash to Be Removed From Windows 10 Next Month

It’s been pretty clear for at least the last 5 years that the writing has been on the wall for the eventual death of ‘Flash’. Although once representing one of the most integral parts of the internet, today, it’s either largely forgotten or, generally speaking, not used anymore. With a manual update to Windows 10 late last year being the first indication that the platform was about to die on the operating system, however, following a new official update to their blog post, Microsoft has now confirmed as a categorical fact that ‘Flash‘ will, this June, effectively be dead on Windows 10.

Microsoft Sets Flash’s Windows 10 Execution Date

As part of the official update notes (which you can check out in full here) Microsoft has confirmed the following:

“To help keep our customers secure, Microsoft will remove the Flash component from Windows through the KB4577586 “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player”.  “

  • Starting in June 2021, the KB4577586 “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” will be included in the Preview Update for Windows 10, version 1809 and above platforms. It will also be included in every subsequent Latest Cumulative Update. 
  • As of July 2021, the KB4577586 “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” will be included in the Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10, versions 1607 and Windows 10, version 1507. The KB will also be included in the Monthly Rollup and the Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard. 

What Happens Now?

We should note that users will still have the option available to have Flash on Windows 10. The main key difference here is that support for it will no longer be offered as an integrated part of the operating system. In other words, if you still want or need Flash, you can have it, but you’ll have to download it manually. Let’s be honest, though, for as great as Flash was during its time, and things have moved on.

What do you think? What impact, if any, do you think this move will have? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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