Firefox and Chrome give browser plug-ins the cold shoulder

All of a sudden, the browser plug-in as we know it is starting to look mighty unpopular. Microsoft barred plug-ins from the modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10 right out of the Windows 8 gate, and this week, the other two major browsers advanced plans to nerf the out-of-the-box functionality of traditional plug-ins. Chrome Google announced that plug-ins using the uber-popular NPAPI architecture would be shifted to “click-to-play” by default this coming January, rather than running automatically. Many top plug-ins use the technology, including Java, Silverlight, Unity, Google Earth, Google Talk, Facebook Video, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Shockwave, Windows Media Player and Adobe Reader prior to Adobe Reader X. Plug-ins may be handy, but they’re also far and away the leading source of browser crashes, hang-ups, and security vulnerabilities. That’s just a stopgap, though: In May 2014, Google will stop publishing new NPAPI-based plug-ins in the Chrome Web Store, leading up to a complete removal of all NPAPI plug-ins in September. Eventually, Google Chrome security engineer Justin Schuh said Monday in a blog post, “NPAPI support will be completely removed from Chrome.” To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Continue reading at 'PC World'

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