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Microsoft begins removing Flash from Windows devices via new KB4577586 update



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Microsoft has begun distributing KB4577586 this week, a Windows update that permanently removes Adobe Flash Player software from Windows devices.

The update was formally announced last year in late October as Microsoft and other browser manufacturers prepare for the upcoming Flash lifecycle, scheduled for the end of 2020.

According to a supporting document published at the time, the update should initially be optional.

System administrators who wanted to remove Flash before the EOL date could access the Microsoft Update Catalog, download the KB4577586 packages, and remove Flash to avoid security issues.

But this week, several Windows 1

0 users reported that Microsoft is now forcibly installing KB4577586 on their devices and removing Flash support from the operating system.

While users may think this will cause problems for some businesses, they actually do not. Last year, Adobe introduced a time bomb in the Flash Player Code that prevents the Flash Player app from playing content after January 12th.

Even if Flash Player is installed on a Windows device, the operating system would not be able to play any content due to this time bomb – a known issue that has caused problems in countries like China and South Africa last month.

It seems that Microsoft has also learned about this time bomb, and has decided to push KB4577586 to Windows 10 systems this week to remove Flash code since the app does not work anyway.


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