Microsoft Edge browser to block Flash ads

Microsoft has announced it will change the way its new Edge browser handles Flash content.

With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will detect content that isn’t central to a web page and auto-pause it.

“Peripheral content like animations or advertisements built with Flash will be displayed in a paused state unless the user explicitly clicks to play that content,” said Microsoft.

It said this reduces power consumption and improves performance, while preserving the full fidelity of the page.

Flash content that is central to the page, like video and games, will not be paused.

Microsoft said testers on its Windows Insider programme can preview this feature starting with Windows 10 build 14316.

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