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Mozilla follow Google to stamp out Flash

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Back in November 2014 we asked the question: “Are Flash Websites Dead?” This followed our astonishment that some companies are still clinging desperately onto their Flash websites. There has been some significant change in the past two years, so here is a catch up.

Auto-Play – “Off”

In June 2015 Google issued an update to Chrome which meant its default setting longer auto-plays ‘unnecessary’ content requiring a plugin like Flash. Their most significant reason being to reduce battery life on laptops. This change to Chrome followed the important decision by both YouTube and Facebook to start using HTML5 for video content.

It seemed that this was the final turning point for Adobe as they bowed down to Google’s pressure. Only six months later Adobe issued a statement to web developers asking them to embrace the HTML5 revolution. In February this year, Google put another nail in the coffin by announcing in that Flash advertising would be gone by January 2017.

Mozilla follow suit

Mozilla yesterday announced its similar decision to also reduce unnecessary Flash content. The main reason being the significant drop in Firefox plugin crashes since YouTube and Facebook switched to HTML5.

With this new Flash-block in place, they are hoping for an additional 10% drop in browser crashes and hangs, which would be a significant improvement for Mozilla users.

Both Google and Mozilla appear to have gone a step further by both adding that soon ALL Flash content will be click to activate – giving current Flash websites a definitive dead-line to make the change.

The Hang-overs

With this seemingly epic shift from the major browsers and Adobe itself, you would be forgiven for thinking that Flash really has had its day. However, there seems to still be a long way to go. Despite its announcement to implement HTML5 by default – Google will still automatically be supporting Flash on the top 10 sites:

  1. YouTube.com
  2. Facebook.com
  3. Yahoo.com
  4. VK.com
  5. Live.com
  6. Yandex.ru
  7. OK.ru
  8. Twitch.tv
  9. Amazon.com
  10. Mail.ru

So, it seems there is some back pedaling going on. The main reason being that there are very few alternatives for the Gaming and premium video industry. Although HTML5 games are being made, many pale in comparison to Flash games.

Although Adobe have now replaced Flash Professional CC with the launch of Animate CC. This product still supports the creation of Flash as well as the more popular HTML5 format.

So will Flash ever die?

Currently the answer is still no, as until there is another alternative, it will still be used in the niche gaming market. But if you were to rephrase that as, “Will flash die in everyday browsing?” – the answer is certainly – Yes . So for those still resolute in having a fully flash website, might want to have a re-think.

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