Google plans to start blocking Flash in Chrome this year2016-05-16 08:53 by Daniela
Tags: Chrome, Flash
Google wants to discourage users from using Flash player in its Chrome browser. The plan is to start blocking the player at the end of this year.
Under the plan, called "HTML5 by Default," the Chrome browser will still continue to support Adobe's Flash Player, but its presence will not be advertised by default. If a website offers HTML5, that will be the default experience. For those sites that need Flash, a prompt will show up at the top of the page when the user first visits the site.
According to Google, HTML5 provides a more integrated media experience with faster load times and lower power consumption.
Meanwhile, Adobe announced that was working with Google in its goal of "an industry-wide transition to Open Web standards," including the adoption of HTML5.
"At the same time, given that Flash continues to be used in areas such as education, web gaming and premium video, the responsible thing for Adobe to do is to continue to support Flash with updates and fixes, as we help the industry transition," Adobe said in an emailed statement. "Looking ahead, we encourage content creators to build with new web standards."
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