Remember those Java plugin pop ups that always appeared at the most inopportune moments? Well you never have to think about them ever again because Oracle has decided to kill off the Java browser plugin technology entirely. Popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox have already switched old plugins including Flash, Java and Silverlight, by default but this move is a solid recognition by Oracle that plugins are indeed archaic.
The cloud software vendor will begin scaling down the Java plugin technology in Java Development Kit 9 (JDK 9) and will be removing it completely from Oracle JDK and Java Runtime Environment in a future Java SE release.
"With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology," Oracle said in a blog post to users.
Java plug-in has long been criticised for having a number of security vulnerabilities and in this day and age, you hardly even need it if you're a typical home user. Java is particularly popular with cybercriminals because it is multiplatform and can run on computers regardless of the operating system.
It's been a long time coming, but Oracle has finally recognised that we are moving towards a plugin-free internet.
[Via Oracle Blog]