Adobe Flash has received the final nail on its coffin and this is from Microsoft. Even though, Adobe officially ended support for Flash on the very last day of 2020, Windows 10 still makes use of Flash, that is until Microsoft releases the 21H1 update for Windows 10. Microsoft will rollout an update this month that will remove the Flash component from the operating system.
The Verge cited this change by an update posted to the Windows Blog. Titled the “Update on Adobe Flash Player End of support”, it outlines that a component called ‘Update for the removal of Adobe Flash Player’ will be included in Windows 10 cumulative update version 1507 starting in July. Machines on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard will also receive this component via its Monthly Rollup and Security Only Update.
“Additionally, please note that when you update to Windows 10, version 21H1 or later, Flash will be removed. More information on Windows 10,”
Adobe Flash was once used to run interactive multimedia applications like games or programs right from the web browser in the late 90s and early 2000s. Open web standards like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly all became replacements for Flash player. This, in addition to increasing security vulnerabilities led to the death of the once popular web platform for multimedia.