Upcoming retirement for Adobe Flash, Microsoft Edge (legacy) and Skype for Business

As you may be aware, a number of third-party applications were retired at the end of last year and into this year. These products include Adobe Flash, which for many years was the standard for developing interactive websites and other multimedia productions, as well as Microsoft Teams’ predecessor, Microsoft Edge (legacy) and Skype for Business.

Adobe ended support for Flash Player at the end of 2020 and is being removed from the Windows operating system. It is currently disabled in the new Microsoft Edge. However, Flash was disabled by default from the legacy version of Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer 11 prior to its removal. It is strongly recommended this is uninstalled from your devices.

Microsoft is recommending the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge for Microsoft 365 apps and services. Whilst Microsoft will continue to support Internet Explorer 11 given that it is a component of the Windows 10 operating system. However, Microsoft will be ending support for the legacy version of the Microsoft Edge desktop app on 9 March 2021, in favour of the new Microsoft Edge. This means that the legacy version will no longer receive security updates. If you haven’t already done so, the new Microsoft Edge can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.

Lastly, around the middle of this year, Microsoft Teams’ predecessor, Skype for Business, will be retired and organisations will need to transition to Microsoft Teams. We can provide clients with assistance in managing their organisation to make this transition as seamless as possible.

If we can assist your organisation through the required changes, please contact us.