"With the Anniversary Update to Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will intelligently auto-pause content that is not central to the web page. 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. This significantly 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's ultimate goal remains to get developers and users to transition away from Flash, towards newer open Web standards like RTC, Web Audio, and Canvas, officials repeated today. Over time, Microsoft plans to add further user controls for Flash.
"We are planning for and look forward to a future where Flash is no longer necessary as a default experience in Microsoft Edge," officials reiterated today.