Microsoft’s Edge is set to receive an all important update that bears some great additions but also some losses. Such losses include their choice of not offering any Adobe Flash support for websites in favor of the ever growing HTML5.
This transition is pretty much straightforward as many browsers such as Google’s Chrome, Firefox and even Apple have ditched Flash. It will not come so abruptly though as it will make the Edge browser only less dependable.
This means that websites which use Flash as their go-to plugin will be automatically blocked from loading on the Edge browser but still giving users the possibility to load them by right clicking on the respective page.
HTML5 is rapidly surging in popularity as a lot of users have already adopted it and it came along with a lot of improvements in the performance, stability, browsing experience and most importantly safety departments. This transition is somewhat due to Adobe’s failure to deliver important security updates as it became one of the most favored targets for cyber attacks.
This change will be gradually implemented by Microsoft by carefully keeping track of how many users still use flash and in what circumstances in Microsoft Edge. This data will allow them to restrict Adobe Flash usage thus slowly making it disappear completely.
Microsoft’s Edge update is to give its users the choice of either loading Flash Player or not, bringing it down simply to a matter of preference. The Windows 10 Creators update is set to arrive by spring and is rumored to be the biggest update as of yet. They’ve even urged software developers to rely on HTML5 on future projects rather than using the old, vulnerable and somehow updated Adobe Flash.