If you needed any further proof that Flash is a dying web technology, look no further than Google’s recent proposal: the mega-technology company revealed a plan over the weekend to block most Flash content on websites through the Chrome browser as early as this year.

“Later this year we plan to change how Chromium [Chrome’s code-base] hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player, by changing the default response of Navigator.plugins and Navigator.mimeTypes.  If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience,” Google detailed in an email to the Chromium community.

In essence, what that means is that Flash would be blocked on some sites by default, but if you still want to see the Flash elements, you will have to manually enable it for each site. If you choose not to, the website will serve up HTML5 (if it has that built in) by default.

“We will continue to ship Flash Player with Chrome, and if a site truly requires Flash, a prompt will appear at the top of the page when the user first visits that site, giving them the option of allowing it to run for that site,” it said.

But don’t worry if you use websites like YouTube or Facebook as Google will enable Flash for those by default, together with eight other “top 10 domains using Flash”.

Those are:

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

Concerted efforts like this by the big players in the tech industry will inevitably lead to Flash’s demise, and for many (us included) that demise can’t come soon enough.

Check out this link if you’re curious about why it’s so hated.

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Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.