Microsoft Edge Will Demote Flash in 2017

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Microsoft Edge Will Demote Flash in 2017

Taking a page from the Google Chrome playbook, Microsoft Edge will also demote Flash content in 2017, the software giant announced today.

“Adobe Flash has been an integral part of the web for decades, enabling rich content and animations in browsers since before HTML5 was introduced,” Microsoft’s Crispin Cowan explains. “In modern browsers, web standards pioneered by Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Apple, Mozilla, and many others are now enabling sites to exceed those experiences without Flash and with improved performance and security.”

As the newest browser in the bunch, Edge has always taken a hands-off approach with Flash. The initial version of the browser let you turn off Flash support if you wished, and in the Anniversary Update, Microsoft changed how the browser runs Flash, and disabled it automatically for content, like ads, that wasn’t central to the page you’re viewing.

With the Creators Update in 2017, however, Flash will be demoted even further.

“Sites that support HTML5 will default to a clean HTML5 experience. In these cases, Flash will not even be loaded, improving performance, battery life, and security,” Cowan writes. 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.”

That said, there will be some exceptions so that users don’t have a bad experience. “The most popular sites which rely on Flash today” will not be blocked initially, for example. But Microsoft says it will monitor usage and gradually minimize the list of exceptions.

Nothing to complain about here. This is great news.


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6 responses to “Microsoft Edge Will Demote Flash in 2017”

  1. 5530

    As of now, the only thing I "use" flash for is the Spotify Web Player.

    And I guess as well. They have a beta HTML5 site but it doesn't seem to work for me.

    I think flash still has it's place for certain specific web applications, it's just that plugins as a whole should be blocked by default for performance, stability, and security reasons. The user can still allow flash and other plugins if needed. It's good that we're in this place now.

    • 774

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      Try Netflix' and note the link to compare to link to

      That link winds up at (and the run?r=f might help with your Safari it seems to auto-run, but in Edge (Win 10 1607, Flash off) it seems to need a click on a GO button.


  2. 2233

    It just sucks that they can't just push an Edge update out without an OS upgrade.  They need to iterate faster if they even want a chance of getting some market share.

    I still think they would have been far better off using IE as the Windows 10 browser until a standalone, full featured Edge was ready to go.  I would like to see them succeed, I use it some for the superior scaling, but always end up back on Chrome.

  3. 8850

    Yep i think flash has well and truly reached its use by date its become a security nightmare, in this case right call.

  4. 3272

    I've disabled flash for a while now unless I go to YouTube in Edge. Won't display properly and cannot sort videos unless I enable Flash. It was driving me nuts, couldn't figure out what was going on but it was happening on all my Win 10 devices. Enabled Flash and which allowed me to sort, disabled adblock plus and the page displayed properly.

    On a side note, how about fixing the Edge sun issue that doesn't work since the last big update. It would be nice if someone would bring this up because even with all the people complaining about it on MS support page, they won't even address it.

  5. 1753

    I demoted Flash in January 2015. The first thing I do on a new computer is disable Flash in all browsers.