It’s Official: Windows 10 Starts Blocking Flash by Default in Edge Browser
The world is slowly but surely stepping away from Flash given its security vulnerabilities, and Microsoft becomes one of the latest companies to do it.
The recently-released Windows 10 build 15002, available exclusively to the Fast ring, is the very first version of the company’s operating system that starts blocking Flash in Edge browser, with the very same behavior to be introduced in the Creators Update due in the spring.
Starting with this build, Microsoft Edge will load the HTML5 version of a website, if it’s available, in order to encourage the transition off Flash. If HTML5 can’t be loaded, the browser goes for the Flash version, but relies on a click-to-run system to give users control over the displayed content.
More Flash controls coming soon
Microsoft says that this is just the beginning of the transition from Flash, and explains that future Windows 10 builds will implement more controls to encourage the switch to HTML5.