Chrome will officially begin to ignore Flash starting December this year as Google takes yet another step to replace Flash with HTML5. It will do so by de-emphasizing Flash and make HTML5 the default for its browser. By September, Chrome 53 will block Flash and by December Chrome55 will make HTML5 the only option for users. If a user connects to a Flash site, Chrome will prompt them to turn it on for that particular site. To save users from receiving too many prompts, the browser will whitelist the top ten domains using Flash. In other words, Google Chrome will have Flash as part of its browser, however, it will not be shown or used by default.
Reason for Abandoning Flash:
The death of Flash was inevitable, with YouTube, Safari, Netflex and Edge and much more already abroad the HTML5 wagon, it was only a matter of time that Google joined the party. Though Flash had a good run, recent software developments render it to be a load on the efficiency of any website. This is due to the reason that Flash mostly works in the background to manage page analytics, etc and making the overall process slow.
How is HTML5 Better:
The best standard HTML so far; HTML5 offers strikingly improved means of designing and implementing Web pages. According to GoogleChrome, their transition to HTML5 will allow lower consumption of power, much faster loading times and a much more integrated media experience.
HTML5 a Good News for Business Owners:
The shift over from Flash to HTML5 will be a breath of fresh air for businesses as it is guaranteed to increase the efficiency and responsiveness of their websites manifolds. Moreover, as HTML5 becomes more ubiquitous, it offers businesses several useful and cost effective advantages related to web content development and development. A few of the perks of HTML5 for businesses are listed below:
- Businesses will now be able to deploy the same code across multiple platforms or markets. Thus, drastically reducing maintenance efforts and lowering lifetime costs.
- HTML5 provides more secure means of storing data including the capability to temporarily store client-side information in a true SQL database as opposed to using cookies.
- Both internal, as well as external customers of a business’s website, will be able to enjoy a working offline application cache, meaning that they will be able to reload a page they visited previously, even without internet connectivity.
- HTML5 is also promised to improve mobile access to business intelligence. This will possible since all devices with an HTML5 compatible browser will house the same capability to collect, collate as well as use data. This will reduce a cost for businesses as they will neither need to purchase the same device for all users nor develop an application for different devices.
- HTML5 based video streaming has several advantages including a company independent standard, improved performance owing to the removal of security issues caused by plugins and a simplified DRM workflow.
Flash was good for its time, but it’s 2016 — good riddance to it.