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Google Planning to Drop Most Browser Plugins in 2014

by S.Roy on September 24, 2013

While some saw it, most could not foresee it probably. So it would come as a general shock as Google announces withdrawing support for almost all browser plug-ins (not extensions). The execution begins with the dropping of the popular Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) plug-in in the Chrome browser.

Users relying on plug-ins like Java, Unity and Silverlight should better change or move on to other browsers, as the plan would come into effect from early next year as clarified in a blog post on Monday by Justin Schuh, security engineer for Google Chrome. Schuh made clear that the architecture of NPAPI was outdated and was the primary cause for “hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity”. Support for NPAPI will also be phased out in the Chrome Web Store.

Mozilla also plans to discontinue support for NPAPI plug-ins in December 2013. According to Google, the majority of Chrome plug-ins use outdated technology. Google will support only the browser plug-ins that are most widely used and favor programming methods that implement standards directly built into the Web.


{ 1 comment }

1 Sue Hug 09.24.13 at 7:38 pm

I play online games that use Java. What is my alternative with Chrome? I’m not real computer savvy and can’t find the answer. Thank you.

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