Google Chrome Will Soon Block Flash Content by Default

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Flash is going down like Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring (but without any of that spine-tingling heroism). Google has quietly revealed plans to block Flash content by default on Chrome before the end of the year. Bad news for Adobe and advertisers, good for basically everyone else on the internet.

It wouldn’t be a total Flash blockade, however. Users would still be able to access Flash content, but only if they specifically chose to do so, and a list of 10 major sites -- including YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo and Amazon -- that rely heavily on Adobe’s technology will have Flash enabled by default for an extra year.

For all other sites, Chrome would pick the HTML5 web standard for content. Bye-bye security holes, unnecessary battery drain and constant crashes. Hopefully. [Verge]