Google has launched Chrome 54, further side lining Flash in the browser by using HTML5 for YouTube embed. The stable release rewrites YouTube Flash embeds, so that when a Flash embed for YouTube is detected, the browser will automatically use HTML5 instead. Google said that the change had been made "to reduce the overall usage of Flash in Chrome."
Mozilla has launched their website security analysis tool. Dubbed Observatory, the tool helps to spread information on best security practices to developers and sys admins in need of guidance.
A new tool for Windows 10 from Microsoft, the Edge Extension Toolkit, aims to make it easier to convert Chrome extensions to Microsoft Edge extensions.
The Servo browser, built from scratch by Mozilla Research, has matured to the point where nightly builds are available for download. The group hopes to broaden the browser's reach so that they can quickly improve its web compatibility and performance.
Microsoft boasts that users of its Edge web browser see improved battery performance over other browsers. In addition, the new Windows 10 Anniversary Edition will bring even greater battery efficiency improvements in the browser.
Apple has announced that the next version of Safari will block Flash and other legacy plug-ins by default. The browser will trick websites into thinking that Flash isn't available resulting in a user prompt to install Flash.
Gluon is making Java 9 development available to iOS and Android developers in the form of their Gluon VM project, a full Java 9 native port.
Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."
A new part of Angular 2, the Angular Mobile Toolkit, brings together tools and techniques to help developers make their web apps feel more native. In a session at ng-conf 2016, Jeff Cross and Alex Rickabaugh showed how to use three of these techniques to build a "progress web app".
The Apache Wicket PMC has released Apache Wicket 7.2.0. This release is a minor release, but does contain new features. To learn more about this release and the state of Apache Wicket, InfoQ interviewed Apache Wicket PMC member Martijn Dashorst.
The long, painful death of Adobe's Flash continues, with Google announcing the company's display network will soon stop running Flash ads. In an official post the company said "to enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5."
Oracle has announced that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin as part of the JDK 9 release now expected in 2017. The deprecated technology will be completely removed from the Oracle Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in a future Java release, but Oracle is yet to indicate which one.
Microsoft is to stop supporting IE 8, 9 and 10, inviting users to switch to IE 11 or Edge.