Published: Fri, December 16, 2016
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Death of adobe flash player — Microsoft edge


After Chrome's attempt to switch to over HTML5 as the default over Flash, and Mozilla blocking Flash content in Firefox, it's now Microsoft's turn to turn its back on the dying multimedia plugin. After the update, users will be able to choose whether they wish to load the plug-in or not for sites that still depend on Adobe Flash.

Microsoft said this week that the next version of its Edge web browser, the replacement for its Internet Explorer browser, will automatically block Flash media from displaying when people visit websites that use the video player.

As the newest browser in the bunch, Edge has always taken a hands-off approach with Flash.

The update is scheduled to roll out to Windows Insiders preview builds soon, with Microsoft aiming to have the feature in a stable form for the release of the Windows 10 Creator's Update in early 2017.

While Adobe Flash has powered dynamic content on the web for decades, in recent years the reputation of the multimedia software platform has been tarnished by reports of security holes, crashes and poor performance. Microsoft's done worse for its own ActiveX technology in Edge, so it's not as if Redmond is singling Adobe out for this treatment.

With the Creators Update in 2017, however, Flash will be demoted even further.

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However, Microsoft says it will introduce the changes gradually, initially allowing Flash to continue running by default on the most popular websites, before disabling Flash on more and more sites.

The next release of Microsoft Edge will now default to HTML5 content if available.

Microsoft's ban is not completely total yet, as the company says it will also allow some of the internet's most popular sites which now use Flash to remain unblocked.

"This change will provide all users improved performance, greater stability, and stronger security", adds Cowan.

Microsoft's advice to web developers is to leave Flash behind and instead "migrate to standardized content delivery mechanisms, such as HTML5 Encrypted Media Extensions, Media Source Extensions, Canvas, and Web Audio".

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