Adobe Flash Player, one of the most common security threats of
the web, will be removed from Windows 10 by the end of 2020.
This move comes after Adobe said that it plans to phase out
support for Flash Player in 2020.
Software makers, including Microsoft, Google and Apple, are
Flash Player phaseout plans. In addition, the end of the
year will mark the end of Adobe Flash in Windows 10.
Flash Player will be going away with the next feature update
for Windows 10, which is expected to arrive next year, but
Microsoft will also offer an optional update that will remove
Flash Player components from older versions of Windows 10.
Microsoft recently released a preview update for Windows 10 and
it comes with many bug fixes, but one undocumented change is
the complete removal of Adobe Flash in the operating system.
In preview builds, Microsoft has quietly removed the Control
Panel setting that allows you to configure Flash Player for
Windows 10. Likewise, Microsoft has removed all other Flash
Player components from the installation media of Windows 10.
Microsoft removing Flash Player support in Windows 10 is not an
unexpected change. The company has already confirmed that Flash
Player will be removed due to its numerous security flaws.
Microsoft Edge 88 will also remove Flash Player from the
browser, but the update is currently available to the testers
in the Dev Channel only.
While other companies have already started ditching Flash
Player, Microsoft remains as the only company fully supporting
the video streaming software via Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.
This means that when the next version of Windows 10 and
Microsoft Edge is released, users will no longer be able to
play Flash Player videos or configure its settings, but users
can always use third-party browsers or extensions to play the
The removal of Flash support should not impact most users, but
if you browse video or game streaming sites based on Flash, you
will need to look for alternatives.