Google announced earlier this year that it’s eventually going to phase out Adobe Flash with HTML5 by default to provide Chrome users with a safer and more power-efficient experience. It has been reminding us of its intention to follow through on this. The company has now taken to its official blog to detail just how it’s going to phase out Flash from Chrome and how long the entire exercise is going to take.
The update is going to disable Adobe Flash Player by default unless the user doesn’t indicate that they want to see Flash content on specific websites. Chrome will eventually ask users for permission before running Flash content on any and all websites.
To make sure that the transition is smooth, Chrome won’t be moving to HTML5 by default at once. This new feature is actually going to be rolled out over the next few months.
HTML5 by default will first be enabled for 1 percent of Chrome 55 stable users in the next few days. The feature will then be enabled for 50 percent of Chrome 56 beta users. Google is planning to make this the default setting for all users with Chrome 56 stable which is due for release in February next year.
Starting next month, users will be prompted to run Flash on a site-by-site basis for websites that they haven’t visited before.