I totally agree with you!
Why should I update if there is no change log and not even a new version number? In addition I don't have internet when my computer starts and Flash wants its update, so I have to connect to the internet while this update window takes a quarter of my screen.
I changed the AutoUpdateInterval to 90 days (in C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg). Maybe this helps your frayed nerves, too.
1. It must be REALLY NICE to be so busy that you have no time for a few clicks. That's NOT sarcasm. Seriously, I'd LOVE to be that busy in this economy. I'm not.
2. Google (NOT Adobe) is responsible for the "proprietary" Flash Player plugin in Chrome. As is Microsoft with the proprietary plugin in IE10 and IE11 for Windows 8. THEY make modifications to the base code and it's "their baby" from there on out. Google and Microsoft schedule their own updates for their own Flash Player plugins. I have five different browsers installed because I have to test webpages in all of them, on seven different machines. It's a pain but I could stick to just one browser if I wasn't building websites. And I honestly have NO IDEA AT ALL how you expect that by updating your computer at home, the ones in the office will magically update... by osmosis perhaps? I think not. If you buy new tires for your car, do the tires on your wife's car magically become new too? It's just not how it works.
4. See #1
Thanks for the links, Mike, especially for the release notes!
My problems with the update window aren't big but it would be so simple for Adobe to solve them. It simply would be nice to see my current and the new version in one place. And it is at least not a good practice to put such a window always on top.