Edge embraces Chrome’s kill-Flash timetable

Microsoft now says the new “full-Chromium” Edge will use the same kill-Flash calendar as Google’s Chrome, the vastly more popular browser that also relies on Chromium.

Earlier, Microsoft had created its own timetable for purging the media player software, which Adobe will retire at the end of 2020. But once Microsoft decided to discard homegrown browser technologies for those crafted by the Google-dominated Chromium open-source project, the company was expected to fall in line with its rival.

“In the next version of Microsoft Edge (built on Chromium), we will continue to retire Flash in the same timeframe as other Chromium-based browsers,” Colleen Williams, a senior program manager on the Edge team, wrote last week in a post to a company blog.

Google disabled Flash by default in Chrome 76, the version that debuted at the end of July. The only way users can run the player is if they switch it on in Settings > Advanced > Privacy and security > Site Settings > Flash > Ask First. IT administrators can also set the browser’s Flash capabilities using group policies.

Still to come for Chrome: Excising the ability to run Flash in any way, shape or form. That is currently slated to take place in December 2020, with Chrome 87.

Microsoft’s adoption of Chrome’s calendar meant that Edge already handles Flash the same way as Google’s browser. The Beta build of Edge, for instance, blocks Flash by default but lets users turn it on through Settings > Site Permissions > Adobe Flash > Ask before running Flash.

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