At the end of 2020, Adobe will be officially retiring Flash for good. It had a good long run and we have to give it credit for paving the way for platforms like YouTube, but we suppose like all good things, it has to come to an end, especially given that the past few years, Flash has proven to be more problematic than useful.
That being said, Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing an optional update for Windows 10 that will remove Flash from your computer and also prevents it from being reinstalled again. This update is available via the Microsoft Catalog and is completely optional, so if for whatever reason you want to keep Flash around, you don’t need to download it.
However, it is an odd update because according to Bleeping Computer’s report, the Flash that is removed is the version that comes bundled with Windows 10. This means that if you downloaded the standalone version of Flash, it will still remain. It also will continue to exist in browsers such as Microsoft Edge, so this update doesn’t really seem to remove it entirely.
That being said, we suppose it doesn’t really matter because for the most part, a lot of browsers have kind of stopped supporting it, plus many websites have since turned to Flash alternatives, so as far as the end user is concerned, it probably shouldn’t affect them too much.