In an announcement made 5 days back on the official Chrome blog, Google took a decision to kill flash in Chrome.
To give you some background to this, Flash made its major debut in about 1997 and its function was relatively simple. Help web developers create better engaging content (video and games) for the web. The process was simple. Developer builds game in flash. Embeds it on a web page. User access web page and installs the Flash Player plugin to view content. User enjoys developers game 😀
Simple isn’t it?
But then Flash ( or Macromedia Flash as it used to be called) had some problems.
Flash has big security risks and poor battery management
Adobe Flash is a closed, proprietary software in an otherwise open source world. Which means where you – as a developer – can contribute to the improvement of HTML, you have no luck touching Flash. And because of this, hackers constantly went at it. Its much easier to hit a sitting duck that a flying bird I guess.
In 2015 in the wake of newly discovered vulnerabilities in Flash, Facebook’s security boss Alex Stamos called for a termination date for Flash. And in the same year, Mozilla disabled all versions of the plug-in by default in its Firefox browser. Even Google limited Flash’s impact; it announced that future versions of Chrome from 2015 will “intelligently pause” Flash-based content that isn’t part of a website’s core experience (e.g. video ads)
But we all know how hard it is to stop someone from doing the one thing they’re so comfy with. But flash was (and is) a security risk to you and me. And last week, Google finally pulled the plug.
In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash. For those, you’ll be prompted to enable Flash when you first visit the site. Aside from that, the only change you’ll notice is a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience.
Flash helped make the Web a rich, dynamic experience, and shaped the modern set of web standards. We continue to work closely with Adobe to ensure that your web experience is as fast and secure as possible and to help the Web transition to HTML5.
I think we can safely say here that Flash just took its last breath. A decision like this just leads downhill, other browsers will probably be following suit from here on.
BONUS TIP: If your developer suggests building your website in Flash, I think its mostly clear what your response should be like. Tell that dude to take a course in HTML5 and get back to you.
For some reason I feel sad, and I’m not sure why. Maybe its because I remember seeing the flash plugin popup as a child. Maybe its because I spent some time learning the ins and outs of it (but didn’t get very far). Or maybe its just the fact that we’re kissing one more “one time hero” goodbye. But nevertheless
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