Adobe is finally killing Flash. Flash was once known as a revolutionary web technology, but it’s now known for security loopholes. Most modern web browsers already make it fairly difficult to run Flash content on websites, but Flash will be completely removed in web browsers by 2020.
Microsoft today announced its plans for phasing out Flash on its Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers. Microsoft Edge already includes a “Click-to-run” dialog for websites with Flash content which asks users for permission before running any sort of Flash content on websites. But in the coming years, users will no longer be able to run Flash content on Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer at all.
By mid/late-2018, Microsoft will require permission from users to run Flash content on each session in Microsoft Edge. By 2019, Flash will be completely disabled on both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer but users will be able to enable Flash if they want to. But by the end of 2020, Flash will be completely removed from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, which means users will no longer be able to run any Flash content on these browsers at all.
Microsoft isn’t the only company that’s removing Flash support from its browsers, as Google and other browser makers have similar plans for Flash’s death.
RIP, Adobe Flash. Should have died earlier, to be fair.