If you are one of the few Office 365 users who embeds Silverlight, Shockwave, or Flash content in your documents, your pastime will soon be a thing of the past. Over a week ago, Microsoft announced that Office 365 would completely block said media by January 2019. Microsoft recently announced plans to eventually stop the activation of Silverlight, Shockwave, and Flash content in Office 365. This is not just the developers disabling bugs with an option to click a link or button to look at content. Within a few months’ time, Flash will be gone from Office 365 for good. What media will be affected once this is implemented? Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash or Shockwave content that uses Microsoft’s OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) platform and the “Insert Object” feature will be blocked. However, media that uses the “Insert Online Video” control via an Internet Explorer browser frame will not be affected by this change. The following timeline shows the various changes that will take full effect by January 2019:
- Controls in the Office 365 Monthly Channel will be blocked beginning June 2018.
- Controls in the Office 365 Semi-Annual Targeted (SAT) Channel will be blocked beginning September 2018.
- Controls in the Office 365 Semi-Annual Channel will be blocked beginning January 2019.