Google has confirmed that later this year they will block the Flash Player in their Google Chrome web browser by default. In an official posting on Google Groups, the company has stated that they intend to make HTML5 the default way of viewing websites during the 4th quarter of 2016. A Google Slides document with their proposal can be found right here.
HTML is one of the many languages used to build websites. HTML5 is the latest version of this language which makes it possible for people to go to a website and play a video without the need for additional software. You can even make games that run in Google Chrome in HTML5.
Flash Player is software developed by Adobe that was made to run animations on websites but was then adapted to play videos on websites.
Here’s how it works. Let’s say you are using Google Chrome to go to a website that has offers content in both Flash and HTML5. Google Chrome will automatically choose HTML5 by default.
Here’s the second scenario: You visit a website where the content is only available if you use Flash Player. You will have to request Chrome to allow Flash Player to run for that website. Then every time you go to that website Chrome will run Flash Player.
On top of that Google Chrome will have a list of 10 websites that Chrome will run the Flash Player without a user being prompted to do so.
This does not mean that they are going to stop supporting Flash Player after the 4th quarter of 2016 it just means that you will need to do a little bit more work to get at the content on some websites.
I don’t know about you but I think that this is a really good move. I think that Adobe’s Flash Player is something that needs to just die. It’s unsafe and it slows a computer down. However, this move provides a sort of compromise such that people who still rely on Flash for certain websites can still use it.
With that being said I think that it’s not just about the likes of Google and Mozilla taking action. I think it’s also on the people who run websites to ensure that everything on their website is going to work well with HTML5. As such I think we will see Flash suffer a slow and painful death.
What sites do you go to that require Adobe Flash Player? Let me know in the comments.