If you haven’t read enough material about the demise of Adobe Flash, Microsoft has thought of doing you a “favor” when it comes to this topic with an update to Windows 10.
In theory, Adobe Flash should disappear from the system of each of us in 2021. But Microsoft thought to get involved in this project to remove Flash through an optional update that you can find in the update catalog from Windows Update.
The seemingly innocent update deletes Adobe Flash from Windows 10 and prevents it from being reinstalled forever, eventually facilitating the death of the programming platform over the next year.
According to Bleeping Computer, the update is codenamed KB4577586 and, due to the way it was created, only removes the version of Adobe Flash that comes with Windows 10, integrated into the operating system. It does not apply to any standalone version of Flash that you may have installed at some point because you did not upload a site or an application did not work.
The weird part is that it doesn’t even remove or disable Flash from Microsoft Edge or any other browsers you have installed on your system.
As a reference, the official support for Adobe Flash in Windows 10 will officially end at the end of this year, with no further updates for Internet Explorer 11 and the original version of Edge (without Chromium) beyond December. The latest version of Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium, will stop offering Flash functionality in January 2021.
“We are launching the Flash removal update before the end of support to help customers test and validate the impact on their work environment caused by the removal of Adobe Flash Player,” the Microsoft statement said.
Google will also stop supporting Flash in Chrome by the end of 2020, as will Adobe, which will stop working on the defunct platform.