Google Blocks Background Flash Content In Chrome

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The slow death of Adobe Flash marches on. Google has announced it will be blocking non-essential Flash content that runs in the background of webpages in September. Mozilla has already started doing this with its Firefox browser this month. Here's what you need to know.

In a blogpost, Google said over 90 per cent of Flash on the web is used behind the scenes to support things like page analytics, which can affect browser performance:

"This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it. HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites."

Google has already committed to blocking all Flash content in its Chrome browser by the end of the year.

HTML5 has basically replaced Flash as the preferred technology to support rich content on websites. Flash is also has a reputation for being insecure.

[Via Google Chrome Blog]


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