As we all know by now, Adobe Flash has got to go. It’s really old, really slow, and isn’t how we like to view content on the web nowadays. However, some applications have decided to continuously support the plugin since so much content on the internet depends on it for a) interaction, b) viewing, and c) loading. But with new technologies evolving every single day, it’s about time to make the switch to something more up-to-date and efficient like HTML5 which is what many content creators are depending on nowadays. And since it’s such an efficient way of navigating the World Wide Web, some companies are now pushing creators to make their content based on the new technology and not Flash. And starting today, it looks like Google is one of the latest to do this as starting in September, their very popular web browser Chrome will begin blocking Flash in favor of HTML5.
Google states in a blog post that the main reason many publishers stick with Flash for their content is due to website analytics, however it’s still time to make the switch regardless since HTML5 can help save battery and create a smoother surfing experience.
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.
If you don’t think this is already ambitious, just wait till December. Google says that this will be the time when Chrome 55 will begin rolling out which will automatically use HTML5 as the standard loading technology. If a website only uses Flash, however, you will be able to turn it on, but just for that website. This is to make browsing on the internet more efficient on your computer and create an overall much better experience.
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.
Google notes that they’re still working with Adobe to bring you the best experience on the Web, however this doesn’t change their decision on slowly killing off one of the latter’s most popular programs for the computer.
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 really hope more people will begin taking advantage of HTML5. I got rid of Adobe Flash on my Mac a while ago and I’ve only needed it a few times since then. So, I resorted over to Chrome for that stuff. But now that I won’t be able to do that anymore (basically), my browsing habits will for sure change. I’m not sure how significant the shift will be, but I’ll definitely notice it.
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