It’s official since December 31: the Flash Player plugin is officially dead and buried! In its next updates for Windows 10, Microsoft will help you get rid of it.
At the beginning of December, Adobe deployed a final update for the Flash player. The publisher took the opportunity to announce that it was the very last before a total stop of support on December 31, 2020. It must be said that Adobe has communicated on the end of the plugin since June 2017.
Two updates to fire Flash
On Windows 10, Microsoft has rolled out an optional update to remove the Control Panel module on Windows and Windows Server. Note, however, that this does not affect Flash Player as a browser plugin.
A second update scheduled for this month will remove Flash from Microsoft Edge. For the record, Apple, Google and Mozilla have already respectively removed Flash Player from Safari, Chrome and Firefox.
Note that on January 12, Adobe will block all content broadcast through the player. This means that many websites that have not been updated will stop working. This is also the case for a whole panoply of online games still based on this technology which has become obsolete.
Standards got the better of Flash
Launched in 1996, Flash Player quickly won over web developers looking for dynamic websites. However, in view of its popularity, the reader has become a considerable attack vector. Some malicious hackers exploited vulnerabilities while others disguised malwares under the guise of bogus updates.
We can imagine that these latest attacks will continue to be deployed among the least informed Internet users. In addition, Adobe having stopped all support, some will not take long before discerning a new vulnerability allowing to take control of a victim’s machine. For this reason, uninstalling Flash has therefore become particularly important.
The Web is today powered by standard technologies governed by the W3C consortium. It is for this reason that Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, had publicly decried Flash Player and justified its absence on the iPad.
The most nostalgic can turn to Ruffle, a Flash Player emulator written in Rust. And so what… ?