Great news: Better performance, better security, and tighter integration are coming to Web plug-ins & browsers.
According to the Google team building the Chrome browser & Chrome OS, “[W]e are working with Adobe, Mozilla and the broader community to help define the next generation browser plug-in API.” As Flash Player engineering director Paul Betlem explains, the new API specification will offer some distinct benefits over the current technology available:
- The API will be operating system and browser-neutral, minimizing the chance of inconsistent behavior across platforms.
- The new API is being designed with the flexibility to allow plug-ins to more tightly integrate with host browsers.
- The new plug-in API will provide performance benefits since the host browser will be able to directly share more information about its current state.
- The tighter integration provided by the API can allow for a more secure browsing experience as it will be easier to unify security models and collaborate on security techniques, such as sandboxing.
Google engineering VP Linus Upson says, “Users will automatically receive updates related to Flash Player using Google Chrome’s auto-update mechanism. This eliminates the need to manually download separate updates and reduces the security risk of using outdated versions.” Developers can already download the Chrome developer channel version with Flash Player built in. Going forward, Google will be bundling Flash Player in Chrome so users will always have the most current release of Flash Player.