We do not look favorably upon the use of relative terms when it comes to upcoming releases and updates, where “soon” and “shortly” could mean very different things depending on the context and situation. However, it cannot be helped, as sometimes that is just the case as it is. Microsoft issued an official statement touting that Windows 8 users will be on the receiving end of critical security updates for Flash Player “shortly.”
If you love looking at things from the bright side, it would mean that Windows 8 users will be at risk of an attack from unpatched vulnerabilities in Adobe’s Flash Player for just a little while longer; at least as long as the word “shortly” pans out.
Yunsun Wee, Director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, mentioned in an email, “In light of Adobe’s recently released security updates for its Flash Player, Microsoft is working closely with Adobe to release an update for Adobe Flash in IE10 to protect our mutual customers. This update will be available shortly. Ultimately, our goal is to make sure the Flash Player in Windows 8 is always secure and up-to-date, and to align our release schedule as closely to Adobe’s as possible.”