Flash Player has made many designers happy in the past, but it has also angered many users due to its “weight” and loopholes that facilitate attacks. Since January 1, 2021, Adobe itself stopped supporting the plugin and even released a patch to block its operation.
Microsoft also did its homework and released an update (KB4577586) to completely remove it from Windows 10, which would also prevent it from being installed again. However, despite being available in the Windows Update catalog, it needed to be installed manually.
Now, the manufacturer of the world’s leading computer operating system has announced that it will release this update to all machines following a bi-monthly schedule:
- in June, for PCs running Windows 10 starting with version 1809;
- in July for those with version 1607 or 1507, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
With the vulnerabilities of Flash Player and the absence of official support, keeping the plugin installed on the computer has become an invitation to various malware. Many criminals use these loopholes to install software that allows intrusion and even control of equipment. That’s why Microsoft takes a prudent approach to removing all components from computers.
All new versions of Windows will come without Flash support, after all, there is no point in maintaining it if no one else uses it. To download the KB4577586 it is necessary to access the catalog website and select the correct version for your Windows. Or, if you prefer, just wait until June to receive the improvement directly on your machine by Microsoft itself.
A life of ups and downs
With the end of Adobe Flash, a 25-year history also comes to an end from when it was presented by Macromedia, in 1996, through the acquisition by Adobe, in 2005, to the present day. As soon as it was launched, it caused quite a stir in the industry, as it made it possible to use animations to make games, programs and websites.
The first time the company announced it was going to discontinue Flash was in 2017, when the company claimed that other standards, such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly, had advantages and evolutions over the format. Since then, the number of executions, which was already down, has been falling even more.
Flash’s life has been marked by a series of flawed problems that have put PC and Mac users’ machines at risk over the years. Apple and Microsoft needed to work together all the time to apply corrections to the constant errors.
In 2010, the late Apple founder Steve Jobs even addressed an open letter to Adobe criticizing the software for its poor performance and lack of security. The result of this was the company’s lack of support in the years that followed, especially on its mobile devices. The iPhone and iPad did not run Flash applications, which was considered one of the most relevant factors that contributed to the player’s burial.