July 25, 2017 9:00 am

The End of an Era – Next Steps for Adobe Flash

Today, Adobe announced that Flash will no longer be supported after 2020. Microsoft will phase out support for Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer ahead of this date.

Flash led the way on the web for rich content, gaming, animations, and media of all kinds, and inspired many of the current web standards powering HTML5. Adobe has partnered with Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Apple, and many others, to ensure that the open web could meet and exceed the experiences that Flash has traditionally provided. HTML5 standards, implemented across all modern browsers, provide these capabilities with improved performance, battery life, and increased security. We look forward to continuing to work with Adobe and our industry partners on enriching the open web without the need for plug-ins.

We will phase out Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, culminating in the removal of Flash from Windows entirely by the end of 2020. This process began already for Microsoft Edge with Click-to-Run for Flash in the Windows 10 Creators Update. The process will continue in the following phases:

  • 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, we will update 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, we will disable Flash by default in both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. Users will be able to re-enable Flash in both browsers. When re-enabled, Microsoft Edge will continue to require approval for Flash on a site-by-site basis.
  • By the end of 2020, we 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.

This timeline is consistent across browsers, including Google, Mozilla, and Apple. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Adobe, other browser vendors, and the publishing community, as we evolve the future of the web for everyone.

— John Hazen, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Edge

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  1. There are plenty of old games created with Flash that I’ll certainly miss, in particular some game that simulates epidemic that is fun to play with.

    Wait, I guess I’ll save a copy of Firefox portable version with Flash installer for that purpose. So for the sake of security, it’s okay for me to see Flash go away on current browsers.

    • If it’s that type of game you’ll miss, something very similar is available on Android, without the security risks of Flash. Search Google Play for “Plague Inc”.

  2. Sad to see you go flash. let’s hope that all the sites using Flash, update to modern and secure standards soon.

  3. Even Internet Explorer 11, too? Uh oh. I currently use IE to play the last few Flash games I love that will never be ported as the company long ago vanished. I think it is great that Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are all cleaning house plug-in wise, but I thought that the whole point of IE 11 (even on Windows 10) was to support legacy items.

    • IE11 does support legacy items, just the ones that don’t impact security. Flash impacts security which is why it’s going on IE as well

  4. What about Visual Studio desktop applications with embedded WebBrowser control and ActiveX Flash Player control? There are still many of them on the market (and still in active phase). Will there be an exception for them in terms of supporting Flash plugin? If not, will it be possible to embed Flash Player (flash.ocx) to these existing applications in some easy way?