Microsoft has revealed plans to start removing Adobe Flash from Windows 10 this year. Flash officially reached End of Life status on the 31st of December 2020, but remnants of it still remain in Windows to this day.
Starting in June, Microsoft will be issuing Windows 10 update KB4577586, which will begin the process of removing Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10 version 1809. Then in July, Flash Player will also be removed from Windows 10 versions 1607 and 1507.
In future versions of Windows 10, including the upcoming 21H1 update, Flash will no longer be present at all. Microsoft will also be updating older versions of Windows to remove Flash, including Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012.
While Adobe Flash is now technically dead, old Flash content has been archived and is still accessible today, so if you’re ever in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, you can use the Flashpoint emulator, or find old Flash games on the Internet Archive.
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