As first announced in the summer of 2017, Adobe Flash Player is coming to an end. Microsoft this week released additional information about the situation, notifying Edge (classic and new) and IE 11 users that Flash Player will be out of service by the end of 2020.
If you’ve ever received a Security Update for Adobe Flash Player on your device through Windows Update, you won’t receive such updates after December. Starting in 2021, Microsoft will no longer send any such messages to any users. From January 2021, Adobe Flash Player will be disabled by default, and all older versions released before June 2020 that are older than the KB4561600 will be blocked.
In the summer of 2021, the classic Edge and IE 11 will completely remove all user interfaces, group policies, and APIs that “specifically manage Adobe Flash player behavior.” Microsoft will then fix it by accumulating updates.
On Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, these deletions are accompanied by cumulative updates to Internet Explorer 11 or a “monthly update summary.”
For some time to come, all cumulative updates and Monthly Update Summary updates will include a Delete Adobe Flash Player update component.