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Chrome to Block Adobe Flash as Early as September

By Glen Holmes posted 8/13/2016

Following on from an announcement made by Google in May, the confirmation is now here. Google has officially confirmed that it will stop supporting Flash in its Chrome browser starting next month. Putting a big focus on the move towards the “one-size-fits-all” HTML5.

With Chrome 53, set to roll out in early September, Google will block invisible Flash content like tracking. Chrome 55, set for release in December will put the nail in the Flash coffin, as it aims to ignore it entirely. There is one exception for websites that support only Flash. Even then, Chrome will detect the lonesome Flash content, and ask users for their permission before loading the website in its entirety.

This is all part of the Google master-plan to speed up the user experience. There are a few white-listed websites, Google’s very own YouTube, Amazon and Facebook are some popular examples, who have until the end of 2017 to get into HTML5 gear, at that stage Google expects the websites to have switched over to HTML5 or face the consequences. 

In a blog post made by Google here, they said “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”.

At ghsquared, we are already on the HTML5 ship, so if you need a ride, just give us a call.