Microsoft announced the removal of Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10 and some older operating systems via update KB4577586 “Update for removing Adobe Flash Player” in July 2021. The Redmond-based giant had released the first update in this regard in October last year, which removed Adobe Flash Player from the system through the Microsoft catalog site. This advanced update has been released to help customers test their environments for validation. Additionally, the company points out that when users update to Windows 10, version 21H1 or later, Flash will be removed.
As per an update to a previous blog post, Microsoft will be removing Flash Component from Windows through update KB4577586 “Update for removal of Adobe Flash Player”. In June, the update will be included in the preview update for Windows 10, version 1809 and higher platforms. “It will also be included in every subsequent latest cumulative update,” Microsoft said. In July 2021, update KB4577586 will be included in the latest cumulative update for Windows 10, versions 1607, version 1507 as well as in the Monthly Rollup and Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
The October update mentioned above cannot be uninstalled once applied. It’s likely that the update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard will also follow suit.
Adobe announced the retirement of Flash Player in 2017. In January, Mozilla became the last browser company to announce the removal of support, with Firefox version 85.0 the latest version to support Adobe Flash. Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer discontinued support after update KB4577586 was released. The arrival of open standards and the inability to tackle serious security breaches were the reasons for his departure.
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