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Microsoft Edge adopts a hard line with flash content

Flash has gradually bow out, largely competed by developing HTML5 tools. But Adobe’s technology is still widely used by many websites worldwide: according to figures from Proofpoint, the plug-in is installed on about a billion computers worldwide

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This leaves the Mariners in a difficult position: should they simply ban the use of Flash, known technology to present numerous faults (yet revealed yesterday) and vulnerabilities exploited by cybercriminals, risk block access to certain content for their users? Microsoft seems to have made its choice in the matter with Edge, the new browser.

Limit autoplay

This effectively supports Flash, but takes a less permissive attitude towards it. As John Hazen, head of development in the Edge team, the future build of Windows Edge will automatically pause the content. The autoplay is disabled by default on commercials, videos and animations that rely on flash again.

Blocking should only apply to the content “peripheral” John Hazen specifies that the main contents should nevertheless be proposed autoplay. For the user therefore wishes to see the devices animations, you must click to activate them. “This will significantly improve performance while reducing memory consumption of the browser,” said John Hazen.

Developers do not intend to stop there and promise in the future to offer new options that allow users to control the autoplay settings on the central content of the page. “We are preparing for a future where Flash is no longer necessary plugin and a proposed default on Microsoft Edge” concluded the manager Microsoft, evidence that the publisher also takes note of the announced end of the Flash colander.

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