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Chrome and Plugins

Thanks to Rusty for the headsup:

As of Chrome 42, Chrome no longer supports NPAPI plugins. This means that Java, Silverlight,  QuickTime, and a bunch of other plugins that use NPAPI won’t work out of the box (amusingly enough, the Google Earth plugin is also an NPAPI plugin). By Chrome 45, NPAPI support will be completely dropped and there won’t be any way to run them (unless you install IE frame or some extension like that I guess?).

Google stated that they’ve been doing this because NPAPI is responsible for browser instability and security problems. The alternatives they’ve suggested for developers are to use PPAPI (Chrome’s own plugin API), NaCl (Chrome’s extension system), or HTML5.

In the meantime, if you go to chrome://flags/#enable-npapi and click Enable NPAPI, then click the Relaunch button at the bottom of the page, plugins will temporarily work.

NPAPI is scheduled to be completely dropped by the end of September.

You can read more about the decision here:
https://www.chromium.org/developers/npapi-deprecation


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