After Adobe finally pulled the plug on its Flash technology last year, Microsoft is now getting ready to completely remove the component from Windows PCs this summer. In an update to a previous post regarding the end of support of Adobe Flash on Windows (via The Verge), the company detailed the next steps to keep it will be taking in the coming weeks to keep Windows users secure.
If Microsoft has already removed the built-in Flash plugin in its Edge browser with previous software updates, the company has also released the optional KB4577586 on its Microsoft Update Catalog, which once installed will remove the Flash component from Windows. Starting next month, this KB4577586 patch will be included in the Preview Update for Windows 10, version 1809 and newer, and it will become a mandatory update for all versions of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 in July.
Moreover, the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1) which will start rolling out later this month will also remove Flash from the OS after installation. The update is now available for “seekers” in the Release Preview ring, and an ISO for the final build is also available for download.