Google is planning to kill Flash Player, which is one of the most widely attacked and buggy pieces of software. The company has announced plans to scrape the Adobe Flash player plugin and instead create HTML5.
The plugin is currently the default media player in Chrome. From the fourth quarter of 2016, users will no longer have to install Adobe’s flash payer.
Venture Beat reported a new plan which notes that Google will make the Flash plugin in Chrome a secondary option. This would be used for the entire web however, the top 10 domains would be exempted till the end of 2016.
“HTML5 by Default” is Google strategy to eradicate its Flash. The document notes that the company has developed a framework in order to demote Flash in Chrome, notes CSO.
Last year, Google stopped Flash in Chrome for non-central content including ads. It is believed effort to ween the web off of Flash.
For many years Flash has been the default app which would allow users to watch animated and video content, via desktop browsers. However, hackers have been widely exploited, before Adobe has had a chance to supply a patch.
It is worth noting that Flash Payer was bundled with Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Edge browser, and Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Since Flash was bundled with Google’s bundle, users using chrome would receive the latest security updates for Flash as soon as Adobe has made them available. This means that the user will no longer needed to know when Adobe releases a security update.
“Flash Player will come bundled with Chrome, however its presence will not be advertised by default,” Google said in the proposal, via CNET. “When a user encounters a site that needs Flash Player, a prompt will appear at the top of the page, giving the user the option of allowing it for a site,” the search giant said.