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Oracle to retire Java plug-in while Flash could be gone in two years

MASSIVE YACHT-WIELDING software house Oracle has announced that it is finally going to kill off the much-loathed Java plug-in, just a decade after most people started thinking it was probably time.Oracle explained in a blog post that it will depreciate the infernal disease-ridden thing in its next developer kit, while at the same time not actually getting rid of it yet because developers will need time to rewrite their apps.Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer/Edge have already announced timescales for when the Java plug-in will stop working, and Oracle has confirmed that it knows when it's not wanted.Developers will have to redesign their programs/apps to use Java Applets, which are self-contained anyway, or Java Web Start, which doesn't require much of anything at all.The Java plug-in will be removed in Development Kit 9. There's been no date set for the official decommissioning of the plug-in, although it is likely to be based on monitoring future use, which means it could be around for a long time.That won't stop Oracle blaming the demise of Java on Google, which it has been telling a court in the US is responsible for leaving Oracle billions worse off because APIs are not open source, while anyone with any vague understanding of open source continues to lose the will to live.Meanwhile, Encoding.com's Global Media Format Report 2016 has concluded that Adobe's other vulnerability engine, Flash, will be dead within two years.Flash outputs to the web dropped from 21 percent to just six percent in 2015, following decisions by the likes of Google to "auto-pause" content rendered in this way to reduce the risk of releasing beasties onto your machine.The report concluded: "We expect to see the Flash video codec disappear completely from our report within 24 months."It's thought that H.265 is the most likely successor as the dominant video codec, itself the next iteration of the popular H.264 which is currently responsible for 72 percent of video content, the study said.Flash and Java have been crucial to the growth of the World Wide Web and internet as a whole, but both seem slow and outdated and are constantly having to be patched to keep users safe.Adobe doesn't have a lot to worry about, though. The firm's Creative Cloud suite continues to be the industry standard, while Java will live on for Oracle, albeit without a tired old plug-in.

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