Microsoft has said that the Edge browser will intelligently pause Flash content in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update, delivering another blow to Adobe.
The update, which will also bring Bash shell and Linux commands to Windows 10 when it's released later this year, will see Microsoft Edge pause content that is not central to the web page.
For example, content like Flash animations or Flash ads will be displayed in a paused state, unless the user deliberately clicks to play the content. Games and videos, or other content that is central to the web page, will not be affected.
The feature will "significantly" reduce power consumption and improve the performance of the browser and web page, according to Microsoft.
"Flash has been an integral part of the web for decades, enabling rich content and animations in browsers since before HTML5 was introduced," the company said.
"In modern browsers, web standards pioneered by Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Apple, Mozilla and many others now enable sites to exceed those experiences without Flash and with improved performance and security."
The incoming feature is good news for developers, though. Microsoft added: "This transition to modern web standards has benefited users and developers alike. Users experience improved battery life when sites use efficient web standards, lowering memory and CPU demands.
"Developers benefit as they are able to create sites that work across all browsers and devices, including mobile devices where Flash may not be available."
If you want to try Microsoft Edge's new Flash-pausing feature you can take the plunge with Windows 10 Build 14316, which was released to Windows Insiders earlier this week.
The launch of the feature sees Microsoft following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Mozilla and even Adobe, which are all encouraging developers to make the switch to HTML5.
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