The death of the Java plug-in is swiftly approaching as we move toward a plug-in-free Internet.
Oracle announced its Java plug-in will be removed in the next development kit update, which does not yet have a release date. The announcement follows the trend of browsers removing plug-in support, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
“By late 2015, many browser vendors have either removed or announced timelines for the removal of standards based plug-in support, eliminating the ability to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plug-in based technologies,” Oracle wrote in its announcement.
The announcement follows the news that Adobe’s Flash Player is essentially dead in the water, with use and output numbers continuing to fall into obscurity.
The Java plug-in has seen a slew of issues since its introduction in 1995, including opening up vulnerabilities to users and developers. After the news of major Java security flaws in 2013, security experts suggested uninstalling the Java application entirely. It’s no wonder that browsers continue to push further and further away from plug-in support.
Java itself isn’t going away completely though, just the use of the plug-in. Developers are still able to use Java Web Start to load web applications straight from the Internet instead of requiring users to download the plug-in library.
If you’re afraid that your favorite plug-in-based web applications might go away forever, they probably won’t; Oracle is urging developers to migrate from using plug-ins to Java Web Start.
Get in your final farewells, because once Java Development Kit 9 releases, the Java plug-in will just be a mark in Internet history probably best described as a mistake.
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