The internet has been trying to get rid of Adobe Flash for years, but since it’s still around, Microsoft is now taking new steps to automatically pause “flashy” content on websites with a new feature in the Edge web browser coming with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
The feature aims to pause peripheral content, such as advertisements and animations built using Adobe Flash until, of course, the end-user explicitly clicks on it.
Microsoft says that the new approach will help to reduce power consumption significantly on laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Furthermore, the software giant says that the feature is capable enough to detect which part of page is the central content and what is not, so it shouldn’t affect embed videos and other elements built on Flash that is part of the main content.
This is not the only feature available in the web browser to control Adobe Flash, Microsoft has also included for a long time a setting to disable Flash entirely, but the web technology is still a necessary evil in some scenarios.
The new Adobe Flash control is available as a preview on Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316 — also known with the Redstone codename –, and the company plans to roll it out with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update later this summer.
While this could also be considered another punch for advertisers, now that Microsoft will allow adblocker extensions in its new browser, ad providers are already moving away from ads created with Adobe Flash in favor of new web standards like HTML5. Google, for example, will stop allowing Flash ad units as soon as next year.