Posts Tagged ‘NPAPI’

Time to Make the Switch to 64-Bit Firefox on Windows

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Now that Mozilla is dropping support for NPAPI plug-ins, there’s really no reason to stick with the 34-bit version of Firefox.

The story of 64-bit Firefox on Windows is a long and complex one, and it is just about to end with Mozilla moving from offering 32-bit Firefox as the default download option to offering 64-bit Firefox on Windows by default.

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Firefox 52 – How to Keep on Using Plugins

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Apparently, plugins are on their way out. Fortunately though, there’s still a way to tweak Firefox to keep your favorite plugins running.

Firefox 52 will be the first release version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser that will ship without support for NPAPI plugins. The only exception to the rule is that Firefox 52 will support Adobe Flash. All other plugins, Silverlight, Java, and all the others, won’t be supported anymore in the Firefox version. While plugin use is on the decline, scenarios exist where plugins are still required to use sites or services on the Internet.

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Mozilla may bring Pepper Flash to Firefox

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

With the end of support for NPAPI plug-ins, many browsers will be exploring alternative avenues for continuing support for popular formats such as Flash and PDF.

Browser plugins are fading into obscurity, at least when it comes to those using the ancient NPAPI interface for integration with browsers. All major browser companies and organizations announced the end of support for NPAPI plugins. While some block plugins already (Chrome), others will do so in the near future (Firefox) or shipped without support for plugins out of the box (Edge).

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Flash Replacement Shumway is as Good as Dead

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

It looks like Mozilla’s replacement for Flash is DOA … or at least it’s been sidelined for the time being.

Mozilla started to work on Shumway, an open source Flash environment that did not depend on proprietary software back in 2012. It made sense for Mozilla to work on Shumway at that time, considering that Flash was still the dominant force on the Web, and that Adobe did not cooperate with Mozilla in regards to the integration of Flash in Firefox like it did with Google.

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Wave Goodbye to the Java Plugin (If You haven’t Already)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

It certainly didn’t take ESP to see this one coming …

Oracle announced on January 27 that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. Browser plugins, at least those based on the ancient NPAPI standard, will become a thing of the past in 2016 when all major browsers will stop supporting them. Years ago, browser plugins were used to power a variety of services including media streaming, DRM enforcement, gaming, or web applications.

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Mozilla Announces the End of NPAPI Plugins in Firefox

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

If you use the Silverlight or Java plugins with Firefox, you’re gonna need to find a different solution pretty soon …

Mozilla just announced an updated roadmap for the removal of NPAPI plugin support in Firefox and Firefox ESR. According to information posted by Benjamin Smedberg on the official Mozilla blog, plans are underway to remove NPAPI support by the end of 2016. There is one exception to the rule and that is Adobe Flash. While support for all other NPAPI plugins is being removed in Firefox at the end of 2016, support for Adobe Flash remains available after that date.

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Chrome 45 Launches without NPAPI Plugin Support

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

In an ideal world, the folks at Google would be bright enough to find a way to update their product without removing existing capabilities.

Google Chrome users who rely on functionality that NPAPI plugins provide won’t be able to make use of it anymore with the release of Chrome 45. NPAPI-only plugins such as Java or Silverlight are used throughout the web and while their use is declining, there are numerous applications and services that make use of either one or another plugin. Google announced back in 2014 that it would retire NPAPI plugin support in all versions of Chrome from January 2015 on.

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Chrome 42 Blocks Java, Silverlight and other Plugins by Default Now

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

If Chrome is behaving differently today, this might explain why …

Google pushed out an update to the stable channel of its browser Chrome yesterday that brought the version of the browser to 42. With it comes the second phase of a major change in regards to how plugins are handled by the browser.

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Plug-in Blocked Notifications in Google Chrome

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

If you’ve noticed that some of your plug-ins aren’t working in Chrome today, this might explain why …

Google pushed out an update today for its Chrome web browser that brings the version to the version of the web browser to 40 on the stable channel. Most Chrome users should have received the update by now automatically as the browser is configured by default to update silently in the background whenever a new version is picked up it.

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How to Re-enable Plugins in Chrome that are Blocked by Google Starting in 2015

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

If you find yourself missing your old NPAPI plugins after the new year rolls around, here’s how to get them back …

Web browser plugins are being used by many Internet users even though their use is in decline. Most companies that produce browsers try to get away from the plugin architecture, or at least the old one that has been in use since the Netscape days. Reasons for doing so are security, stability and support for mobile devices.

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