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Adobe Flash Player has had its glory days, and many of them for that matter. However, those days have passed. Up until recently, Google had Flash integrated into its core, meaning that users wouldn’t have to bother with downloading and installing updates. With the arrival of Chrome’s newest rendition, Chrome 55, HTML5 has become the new default.

This change has been announced a couple of months ago, but Google didn’t manage to finalize the switch until now. The fall of Adobe’s Flash Player has been foretold a long time ago, with clues leading up to the service’s demise popping up periodically.

For starters, Flash Player has been around for 18 years, and while constant updates were administered, the technology is still pretty outdated. Speaking of outdated technology, the longer software runs, the more predisposed to attacks it is, because hackers learn all there is to know about it. This is precisely the case with Adobe Flash Player, as it was under constant attacks for the better part of last month, leading into this month as well.

Constant attacks paired with outdated technology turned Flash into a serious security liability to the point where a lot of people would just opt to disable Flash on their computers.

With the implementation of this change, Google will provide default HTML5 support instead of Flash, but Flash will still be used on different websites, such as those that are Flash only (obviously). Also, top ranked websites will also trigger Chrome’s Flash backup, but pages will ask users to enable Flash rather than it being automatically active at all times.

Other than that, users can expect a bigger shift towards HTML5 in general since at the moment it is without doubt the better solution not only in terms of security, but also when it comes to performance and speed.