Months after Adobe revealed that it will discontinue Flash at the end of last year, Microsoft came forward to confirm that it will release an optional update that will remove Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10. While the Redmond giant had revealed its plans to roll out an update via From Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) and Windows Update in early 2021, the company now revealed the exact timeline for these updates.
End of support for Adobe Flash Player on Windows
“To help keep our customers safe, Microsoft will remove the Flash component from Windows via KB4577586 ‘Adobe Flash Player Removal Update’.” wrote Microsoft in their blog post.
According to the blog post, Microsoft will include its “Update KB4577586 for Adobe Flash Player Removal” in the preview update for Windows 10, version 1809 and above, starting in June 2021. Additionally, the company will include KB4577586 in the latest cumulative version. Update for Windows 10 versions 1507 and 1607 in July 2021.
Microsoft notes that it will remove Flash when you upgrade to Windows 10 21H1 or later. If you don’t want to wait, you can get the KB4577586 update right now from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Those looking for a way to manually remove Flash Player can follow our guide to uninstall Adobe Flash Player from their computer.
In recent years, companies have stopped supporting Flash due to its security vulnerabilities. Now that we are in 2021 and even Adobe no longer supports Flash and encourages everyone to uninstall it, there is no reason to keep it unless there is a specific use case. However, there are better Flash alternatives, including HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly. In the meantime, if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can visit The Internet Archive to play old Flash games.
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