Download Adobe Version 18.104.22.168
Users of Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199.
Users of Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.526 and earlier versions for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.2069.
Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.11 installed with Google Chrome will automatically be updated to the latest Google Chrome version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124 installed with Internet Explorer 10 will automatically be updated to the latest Internet Explorer 10 version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199 for Windows 8.0.
Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 installed with Internet Explorer 11 will automatically be updated to the latest Internet Explorer 11 version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 for Windows 8.1.
Users of the Adobe AIR 220.127.116.11 SDK and earlier versions should update to the Adobe AIR 18.104.22.168 SDK.
Users of the Adobe AIR 22.214.171.124 SDK & Compiler and earlier versions should update to the Adobe AIR 126.96.36.199 SDK & Compiler.
Run Adobe Flash right from your browser
In the past, Adobe Flash wasn’t available in every browser so you had to download and install it separately. Nowadays Adobe Flash is available as a built-in plugin for every major browser. Both Firefox and Chrome have supported Flash and have the Flash plugins available, so you don’t have to install it manually.
To ensure that you won’t have issues while using Flash in your browser, it is recommended that you Opera, as it still fully supports Flash.
As a result, you can just download and install your favorite browser and you’ll be able to use Adobe Flash right out of the box. Keep in mind that Flash is disabled in all major browsers by default, but you can enable it with a single click.
The future of Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash was first introduced in 1996, and back then it was a revolutionary technology. Over the years Flash gained tremendous popularity and became one of the most used technologies.
Until a few years ago, all major video streaming websites were using Flash, and Flash was mandatory if you wanted to watch YouTube videos.
However, with new technologies such as HTML5, Flash is rapidly losing popularity. Nowadays, all video streaming websites use HTML5 instead of Flash.
Unlike HTML5, Flash is prone to security vulnerabilities and it’s a third-party add-on that comes preinstalled with your browser. On the other hand, HTML5 is a native feature and it offers better security and performance.
Simply put, HTML 5 is the technology of the future, and Flash is slowly fading into obscurity. In fact, Flash will be decommissioned officially in 2020. If you want to know more about Flash and its flaws, we already covered the main reasons why Microsoft is ending support for Adobe Flash.
Should you install Flash on your PC?
Almost all browsers have Adobe Flash preinstalled, so you can view Flash content without any problems. Flash is by default disabled on all browsers due to its vulnerability, but you can enable it whenever you need it.
Since Flash is embedded in your browser, there’s no need to download and install it separately.
However, since Adobe Flash is slowly coming to the end of its life, major companies and users alike are moving away from it, so it’s certain that Flash will be completely replaced in near future.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2018 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
This post was written by Andrew Wafer and was first posted to WindowsReport