Firefox to automatically disable Flash content beginning this August
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Mozilla has announced through a blog entry that it will be gradually ending support for Adobe Flash on its Firefox browser. As the company continues to improve upon the stability, security, and battery life of its browser, Flash has been steadily moving towards the chopping block as a direct result. Accordingly, Mozilla will begin automatically blocking Flash content deemed unessential for its users beginning this August. At the same time, an organized list will be constantly updated for content that will eventually be replaced by the HTML5 standard. Classic Flash-based ads will consequently become more uncommon for users.
By early next year, Firefox users will have to manually activate the Flash plugin if they wish to run Flash content. Like a growing number of developers, Mozilla has been encouraging users to move away from Flash, Java, or Silverlight. The outdated NPAPI plugins will eventually be disabled completely on future Firefox versions. Other browsers are paving themselves similar paths including Microsoft's Edge where all Flash 10 content will be paused by default come the Anniversary Update on August 2nd. Both Google and Apple have also announced plans to phase out Flash from their respective browsers.