Google revealed it plans to integrate Adobe Flash Player into its Chrome browser. The company argues this will make user's life easier and safer, because they won't have to install Flash Player separately, and because Flash updates will be distributed via the browser's auto-update system. Moreover, Google is also working together with Adobe to further protect users by extending Chrome's "sandbox" to web pages with Flash content.
The traditional browser plug-in model has enabled tremendous innovation on the web, but it also presents challenges for both plug-ins and browsers. The browser plug-in interface is loosely specified, limited in capability and varies across browsers and operating systems. This can lead to incompatibilities, reduction in performance and some security headaches.
That’s why we are working with Adobe, Mozilla and the broader community to help define the next generation browser plug-in API. This new API aims to address the shortcomings of the current browser plug-in model. There is much to do and we’re eager to get started.
As a first step, we’ve begun collaborating with Adobe to improve the Flash Player experience in Google Chrome. Today, we’re making available an initial integration of Flash Player with Chrome in the developer channel. We plan to bring this functionality to all Chrome users as quickly as we can.