Here's my wishlist for improvement on this frontier:
- When Flash knows there's an update, have it download it in the background automatically. I assume it's already checking for updates in the background since it always mysteriously knows whether one exists next time I log in, even if I'm not yet connected to the network.
- If the update is urgent (e.g. it contains a security patch for an exploit already being exploited in the wild), notify the user immediately. It's worth the interruption to avoid being infected by malware.
- If the update isn't urgent, it can wait until they next log in to be applied.
- An option to allow updates to be installed on login without prompting would be pretty cool (and it should be fairly easy if the "download the update in the background" suggestion is taken).
- Don't have any landing page.
- Don't bundle McAfee with Flash updates. It's somewhat reasonable to try to bundle it with the initial Flash download, but prompting to install it every time someone updates Flash is very annoying. If I didn't want it when I originally installed, it's unlikely I want it now.
- Consider putting some time into investigating why swapping out the version of Flash currently installed freezes Firefox for a couple minutes. Swapping it out is cool, but to be honest, it would be quicker for me to restart Firefox than wait a couple minutes for it to un-freeze.
For me, most of the time I do not want to wait for the automatic update. When I know that an update is available I...
- go to http://helpx.adobe.com/content/help/en/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player- windows.html#main-pars_header and download the installers
- open Windows Explorer and run the downloaded installers
Two steps, and no bundled software.
Thanks for this suggestion - you're right, this is a much better installation/update experience.