Chrome getting Adobe Flash support built in

The battle for our web browser plug ins has been heating up for some time.  Flash vs Silverlight vs HTML5 vs *the next big thing no one has thought of yet*.  What is going to win?  Well, if Google has anything to say about it, it looks like Adobe Flash is going to get a BIG leg up from them.

Google has just announced on its Chromium Blog that they are going to build in Adobe Flash support into their Chrome browser.

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.

We believe this initiative will help our users in the following ways:

  • When users download Chrome, they will also receive the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. There will be no need to install Flash Player separately.
  • 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 This eliminates the need to manually download separate updates and reduces the security risk of using outdated versions.
  • With Adobe’s help, we plan to further protect users by extending Chrome’s sandbox” to web pages with Flash content.

…Developers can download the Chrome developer channel version with Flash built in here. To enable the built-in version of Flash, run Chrome with the –enable-internal-flash command line flag.

This will make Chrome a lot more consumer friendly since they are already familiar with using Flash in Internet Explorer and Firefox.  It also will put Microsoft Silverlight under the spotlight to see how they will answer this new update.

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