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Insights and updates on Java SE and OpenJDK from the Java Platform Group Product Management Team

  • August 23, 2016

Updates to “Moving to a Plugin-Free Web”

Dalibor Topic
Principal Product Manager

One of the most recently popular posts on the Java Platform
Group Product Management blog has been “Moving
to a Plugin-Free Web
” from January 2016.

In the interim, the Oracle development team has published a JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP 289:
Deprecate the Applet API) with technical details about the planned deprecation
step in JDK 9. In short, JEP 289 proposes to add the @Deprecated annotation to classes in the Applet API, rather than
removing them. The implementation of the proposal has made its way into JDK 9 Early Access releases,
which are available for download and
testing.

In addition, updated timelines for removal of
standards-based plugin support from their browsers, eliminating the possibility
to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plugin based technologies, have
been announced by the developers of Apple
Safari
and Mozilla
Firefox
. Please consult the linked blog posts by their vendors for details
of the announced changes in those browsers as well as the timelines for those
changes to be implemented and rolled out to the public.

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