Flash Is Quickly Fading to the Past

Flash is Dead AgainDespite taking a mortal blow from Apple when the iPhone released flash still lives. Thankfully Flash is dying, however much slower than it should. The process is almost like an over acted dying scene in a cheesy movie.

Despite taking a mortal blow from Apple when the iPhone released flash still lives. Thankfully Flash is dying, however much slower than it should. The process is almost like an over acted dying scene in a cheesy movie.

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Recently a couple of noteworthy Flash news items have broken. First Microsoft Edge’s team announced a new feature that will auto pause Flash. The feature ships with the Windows Anniversary edition, scheduled for the Summer.

“Peripheral content like animations or advertisements built with Flash will be displayed in a paused state unless the user explicitly clicks to play that content. This significantly reduces power consumption and improves performance while preserving the full fidelity of the page. Flash content that is central to the page, like video and games, will not be paused.”

I was hoping to find an example of a page using flash that Edge paused before publishing this article, but I was not unlucky enough to identify a page. To be fair I am not certain this feature has shipped even in my early, buggy BETA Windows Insider Fast Ring version. Plus I have flash disabled by default, so I doubt I will find a site very easily.

Microsoft is not stepping out on their own. Rather they are aligning with other user agents. Security issues are one thing (and very important) but Flash is a performance problem. Flash drains batteries because it does not function efficiently. Since the majority of client devices are mobile this is a top priority. Performance was the primary reason Apple dumped Flash support on iOS and Flash has not been implemented on other mobile platforms.

The death of Flash can’t come fast enough. Back to security, at almost the same time the Edge team published their announcement, news broke about another Flash security bug. This being the most recent of a long history of security flaws in the technology.

If you are not using Edge you should still disable or better yet uninstall Flash all together. You can find more information on how to do this on OccupyFlash.org. To help here are instructions to uninstall Flash on different operating systems:

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