Google just informed the world of the date Flash from Adobe would be officially laid to rest on the Chrome Browser. Though the announcement mentioned September next month as the kick off date of the new policy, it did not specifically chose a date in September. I hope it won’t be sometime in the last week of next month. I would be optimistic and say it is going to happen from the beginning of the month.
It is not as if the world is taken by surprise by this announcement. It was clear as day that Adobe Flash was on the way out. Several browsers including Edge and Firefox had already made plans to phase out Flash. In the case of Firefox, they have started implementing it already.
This is how Google notified users of Chrome about the plan in a blog post:
Adobe Flash Player played a pivotal role in the adoption of video, gaming and animation on the Web. Today, sites typically use technologies like HTML5, giving you improved security, reduced power consumption and faster page load times. Going forward, Chrome will de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5. Here’s what that means for you.
Today, more than 90% of Flash on the web loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics. This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September,Chrome 53 will begin to block it. HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites.”
The post further revealed that as from December this year when Chrome 55 is hopefully released, HTML5 would become the default when playing media and other content that previously required Adobe Flash to be activated.
The caveat is that, there are some sites designed to support Flash only. In which case, you can use flash if you want to. Chrome 55 would prompt you to activate flash the first time you open that particular site.
I think sites like that should do the world a favor and move with the times. Flash is dead. Even Adobe had acknowledged that fact and are planning to move away from it. Or maybe, the the move was forced on Adobe because all the major browsers are ending support for flash.
The advantages of killing Flash in browsers can be narrowed down to just the fact that Adobe Flash had too much security vulnerabilities. Because of that, it is one of the most common ways for hackers to gain entry into your system.
And that is one reason there is a relentless stream of notification updates from Adobe Flash. And the truth is, from bitter experience, no matter how many times you update your Flash, it never seems to be adequate. You get another update notification almost immediately.
As for me, I got tired of updating flash a long time ago. I just hit the cancel button anytime I see the notification window on my laptop.
I think Chrome are being charitable to Adobe Flash by not telling us why they need to take this measure. All they are saying is that when HTML5 become fully operational, you’ll notice ‘a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience.’
I don’t think I am bounded by any compulsion to be politically correct. So I would just be blunt and unlike Chrome say,‘Thanks Adobe Flash for the good things you did to make our online experience a blast. But this is 2016, you are now a dinosaur. Bye and good riddance.’
Chrome 53 can’t come soon enough.
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