Microsoft is fully removing Flash from Windows 10 in July2021-05-04 17:56 by Daniela
Roughly two months from now, Microsoft will completely eliminate Flash Player from its Windows 10 operating system, applying the final nail in the coffin to the often-maligned software. The media player will be removed as part of July's mandatory Patch Tuesday update.
You may remember Microsoft attempted to remove the Flash Player from Windows 10 in October 2020, but ultimately failed to do so. The Windows update released to carry out the removal didn't check to see if Flash had been installed using Adobe's standalone installer, meaning if you have ever installed Flash Player manually, it remains on your system. Now, in an update to a Windows Blog post, Microsoft program manager Suchithra Gopinath has detailed a new plan.
Starting in June, the Windows update KB4577586, described as "Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player," will be included with the Preview Update for Windows 10 versions 1809. Then in July, the same KB4577586 update will be included in the Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10, versions 1607 and Windows 10, version 1507. It's also making its way into the Monthly Rollup and the Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
Once that happens, Flash will be removed automatically as part of the Windows Update, without the user having to do anything.
This is just the latest step towards Flash's inevitable eradication, which took much longer than expected given Steve Jobs's infamous "Thoughts on Flash" memo was published all the way back in 2010. Microsoft's Edge browser and Google Chrome already removed the technology after Flash hit end-of-life last December.
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