Facebook Video Swaps Flash for HTML5

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook abandons Flash video.

“From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Facebook has stopped using Adobe Flash technology to show videos across the social network, instead moving its support to the now widely used HTML5 technology. Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs,” said the firm’s front-end engineer Daniel Baulig. “We are continuing to work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games on our platform, but have shipped the change for video to all browsers by default.” The move will come as quite a blow for Adobe’s Flash platform, which has been used online for over 10 years. Adobe’s Flash has been gradually phased out by many websites as a means of playing videos – with many seeing it as a security issue as bugs within the software have been exploited by cyber criminals in the past.

Flash Player, either as an app or plug-in for the browser, became an essential installation for anyone who wanted to see multimedia content or watch video online, but the need for it is slowly fading and Facebook’s decision to change could be the final nail in the coffin. In a damning indictment of the much maligned Flash, Daniel Baulig, engineer at Facebook, said: “Not only did launching the HTML5 video player make development easier, but it also improved the video experience for people on Facebook.

Google stopped supporting Flash in its Chrome browser earlier this year, while Amazon recently declared a ban on Flash in advertising content on its site. Daniel Baulig, a front-end developer at Facebook, said the switch to HTML5 had helped the social media giant speed up the development of its video-handling system.

People like, comment and share more on videos after the switch, and users have been reporting fewer bugs,” Baulig added. “People appear to be spending more time with video because of it. Like Microsoft with Windows XP, Adobe has been trying to migrate companies away from using its own tools while putting out fires left, right and centre.

For Facebook users it will be business as usual, for the most part, just a little faster and without having to worry about vulnerabilities in an ageing outdated video system.

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