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Microsoft to join the crackdown on Adobe Flash's lack of security

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December 15, 2016

Earlier today, Microsoft let us know that it is joining the crackdown on Adobe Flash in the forthcoming Windows 10 creator’s update, which won't even bother loading the insecure plug-in whenever possible.

For websites that rely on Adobe's plug-ins, Edge will ask users if they really want to run it or let it die.

Microsoft says that as of 2017, “Websites that support HTML5 will default to a clean HTML5 experience. In those cases, Flash will not even be loaded, improving performance, battery life, and security.”

“For sites that still depend on Flash, users will have the opportunity to decide whether they want Flash to load and run, and this preference can be remembered for subsequent visits,” Microsoft asserted.

There will be exemptions for “the most popular sites which rely on Flash today”, so as not to displease users, but Microsoft isn't saying which users.

However, the company does admit it will use its snooping-on-everything-that-happens-in-Windows powers to “actively monitor Flash consumption in Microsoft Edge and will gradually shorten the list of automatic exceptions going forward.”

Microsoft's intent is very clear and Flash is to be treated a bit like a smoker in a modern office-- not illegal, not possible to ban, but fair game for shaming and exclusion.

The software behemoth has even done worse for its own ActiveX technology in Edge, so it's not as if the company is singling out Adobe out of the others for this treatment.

Not to be left alone, Mozilla has also expressed its displeasure and even VMware dumped Flash in favor of HTML5 in the new vSphere Web Client.

The Windows 10 Creator’s Update is due sometime in 2017. Microsoft has previously said “early” in the year, but now it just says it will debut “in 2017.”

Source: Microsoft.

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