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Chrome to officially block Flash content starting next month, make HTML 5 default by December

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If you haven’t noticed, Internet’s relationship with Flash has been fairly rocky since the introduction and wide-spread adoption of HTML5. And now it seems that one of the most used browser, Chrome has finally also planned to de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5.

Google had been planning to make the switch and push the latter out of the scene by the end of this year. It had already began automatically pausing less-important Flash content including ads, animations, etc. last year. And now it seems to be following the module it had outlined to block Flash content that loads behind the scenes, and accounts for about 90 per cent of such content on the web.

In favor of reduced power consumption and faster page load times, it is killing support for aforementioned Flash content in September with the release of Chrome 53. You’ll be able to notice improvements in page responsiveness and efficiency once this is implemented.

And since Flash has been cited to be full of a multitude of security vulnerabilities, it has lost its importance and marketshare to the simplified HTML5. Much like Edge and Firefox who’ve already moved on to support HTML5 by default, Chrome is also planning to completely phase out Flash(except for websites which only support Flash).

It will adopt HTML5 in the default experience by December alongside the release of Chrome 55. But for those who still want to view Flash content, you’ll be greeted with a prompt to enable the same when you visit the website.

Flash might have played a pivotal role in making the the Web a rich, dynamic experience with adoption of video, gaming and animation, but it now needs to be truncated in favor of smoother and lighter technologies. HTML5 is better for improving both performance, CPU usage and secure in terms of web standards. This makes the life of the web developer and the end-user both easy. But, Google in the official blogpost also adds,

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.

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