August 30, 2019 10:00 am

Update on removing Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

In 2017, we published a roadmap to remove Adobe Flash from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer by 2020. Since that post, we announced our intent to build Microsoft Edge on the Chromium open source project. In this post, we will provide an update on what to expect for the Flash retirement in Microsoft browsers.

Here’s what you can expect for each Microsoft browser:

In the next version of Microsoft Edge (built on Chromium), we will continue to retire Flash in the same timeframe as other Chromium based browsers. You can learn more of that timeline in this blog post. Flash will initially be disabled, and the user will need to re-enable Flash on a site-by-site basis; Flash will be completely removed from the browser towards the end of 2020. Group policies are available for enterprise admins and IT pros to change the Flash behavior prior to that date.

For both the in-market version of Microsoft Edge (built on EdgeHTML) and Internet Explorer 11, the current experience will continue as-is through 2019. Specifically, we no longer intend to update either Microsoft Edge (built on EdgeHTML) or Internet Explorer 11 to disable Flash by default. We still plan to fully remove Flash from these browsers by December 2020, as originally communicated.

Colleen Williams, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

[Updated to clarify the in-market EdgeHTML/IE experience – Ed.]

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  1. Thanks for the update!
    For IE11 and in-market version of Edge (EdgeHTML), is there an interim (Jan 2020 to Dec 2020) plan to disable Flash by default (and/or require site-by-site exceptions similar to Chromium) before being completely removed Dec 2020?

    • Hi Ryan – We no longer plan an interim update to disable Flash for these browsers. I’ve updated the post above to clarify. Thanks!