Microsoft including greater Flash control for Edge in Redstone update

The upcoming Redstone update for Windows 10 will offer a large number of improvements to Microsoft's flagship operating system. Very recently, Microsoft began rolling out build 14316, a Redstone update for the Windows Insiders Fast Ring participants, which included a hefty list of new features. Now, Microsoft is talking about yet another Edge addition that will help reduce some of the effects of the battery-eating web media standard of the past: Flash.

According to Microsoft, users will have a great control over Flash content on the web with the Edge browser update. Specifically, users will be able to control whether Flash is allowed to load and auto-play on an opened page. This means that, if you use Edge for web browsing, you'll be able to seize pesky Flash-based ads and annoying media on the sides of web pages without having to engage the content.

Microsoft's update for Edge isn't meant to be one broad Flash control. Should users not want to seize Flash entirely, especially content central to the page you're viewing, they'll be able to isolate Flash content that is considered peripheral to a page while leaving Flash content central to the page running as usual. If nothing else, pesky Flash-based ads that auto-play as soon as a web page loads or after a certain amount of time will be suppressed, one way or another.

Ad providers are already starting to move away from Flash based ads, opting instead for HTML5. In one instance, Google intends to ditch Flash altogether by early 2017.

Source: Microsoft

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