When Apple announced that it wasn’t going to support Adobe flash with its mobile devices, the world was stunned.
How could something so popular not support Adobe flash? Then, it was a bold move… in another bold move, Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 10 will not allow any plug-ins— at all.
This means Adobe flash, and any websites who use Adobe flash, it’s not going to be working in Internet Explorer 10.
But Microsoft has announced that there will be two versions of Internet Explorer 10, the desktop version and a Metro version. The desktop version will allow for plug-ins, but one of the main reasons that Microsoft is preventing plug-ins from the Metro version is to lower the power consumption standardized the touch interface and to finally step into the open Web standards that everyone expects a web browser to abide by.
And this is the right move for Microsoft, it’s taking a gradual step in the direction of weaning itself away from Adobe Flash. But unlike Apple, who took a hard stance and went cold turkey; Microsoft is going to offer two versions of their browser, to allow their customers to get used to the fact that they actually don’t need Adobe Flash,
According to Microsoft, they did a poll on 97,000 websites, and found that roughly 62% of those websites were using Adobe flash, but of those websites; those websites had fallbacks to HTML 5 if Adobe flash was installed. So from that point, you can thank Apple for getting the ball rolling on dropping Adobe flash, and having websites that have these mechanisms already in place.
As previously mentioned, the desktop version of Internet Explorer 10 will support plug-ins and extensions. the opinion for Microsoft is that there are two distinct reasons and uses for the versions of Internet Explorer. Metro will give you the standards and efficiency that you would expect from a mobile device web browser, and the desktop version of Internet Explorer will give you the freedom and extensibility that you expect from a stationary machine.
Microsoft made the statement:
And it’s true, users don’t want to have a specialized plug-in for a website. They want to be able to visit any website that they want, in its fullest form and not have to worry about extensions like Adobe flash.
And for the most part Adobe flash has been a point of friction for a lot of websites. Adobe flash is complained upon consistently for bloated code, slow execution, memory leaks, lack of updates and up until recently, having a working version for 64-bit.
So now that Apple and Microsoft have decided that Adobe flash is something that users can live without; is this really going to be up to Google‘s Chrome web browser to keep Adobe flash alive? or is this going to be one of the final coffin nails for Adobe flash?
Is Google going to be the one now to embrace a plug-in that really should be dead?
Larry Henry Jr.