If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: you should probably disable Adobe Flash altogether. It’s nearly obsolete, it’s a resource hog and it’s often the culprit behind major security scares. But if you just can’t let Flash go, Microsoft Edge is going to at least make it easier to manage in its next update.
In an update on the Microsoft Edge Dev Blog this week, the Edge team revealed a new feature that will arrive alongside the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer. After the update, the browser will automatically pause any peripheral content on a page, including animations and advertisements built with Flash.
Videos and games will still run without interruption, but if you want to see a secondary Flash object in Edge, you’re going to have to click on its and specify that you want it to run. Microsoft says that this change reduce power consumption and improve performance without affecting the browsing experience.
In the same blog post, Microsoft urged developers to continue to “transition away from Flash and towards open web standards.” Microsoft wants to be able to move away from Flash for good in the coming months, but until then, it’s going to continue to offer users as much control over Flash as possible.