Fake News: Flash is dead? Now it’s fading out is planned 2020

Sicherheit[German]Well, it seems a fake news: Flash isn't dead! But it's true: Adobe plans to end Flash support in 2020 – and also Microsoft outlining how Flash will end. Time for a restart – time for Windows 11?


Adobe announced the end of Flash

Adobe announced the end of Flash within this article. They say, that in colloboration with companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Adobe will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

For me it seems to be a good news. Well to be precise, I newer used Adobe Flash on my iOS devices – and I'm Flash less on my Android devices since many years. Also my Windows 7 devices are Flash less. I'm only forced to update an unused Flash Player on my Windows 8.x and 10 test installs …

Microsoft outlines how to fade out Flash

Within this article, Microsoft announced also the end of Adobe Flash from 2020 onward. Microsoft will phase out support for Flash in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer ahead of the end of year 2020. Here are the details:

  • 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.

Well, I guess it's a good point for a restart and switch to Windows 11 in 2020 – without store Apps, without auto update – heading just to a new pure bare metal Windows operating system, called MS Linux …

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