Microsoft Makes Flash Click-to-Play in Edge Browser Update
A break from Internet Explorer's past, indeed. This summer, Microsoft is putting users in control of Flash content on Web pages.Edge, Internet Explorer's successor, is the default Web browser that ships with Windows 10. And with the upcoming highly anticipated Anniversary Update for the operating system (OS), Microsoft is making it so that unsuspecting users no longer have to scramble for their volume controls when they land on a Web page with auto-playing Adobe Flash ads. A recently released preview build of the OS includes an update to the Edge browser aimed at giving users more control over Flash's impact on PC performance, according to John Hazen, principal program manager lead for Microsoft Edge. "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," said Hazen in an April 4 announcement. "This significantly reduces power consumption and improves performance while preserving the full fidelity of the page." There are exceptions, noted Hazen. If Flash "is central to the page," as is often the case with video streaming and Web games, the content will not be paused.
While Adobe Flash helped popularize interactive content and media streaming on the Web, the technology is past its prime, Hazen said. Modern Web standards like HTML5 have outpaced Flash, providing better experiences with lower penalties on computer processors, system memory and battery life, he added.