The days of Java browser plug-in are coming to an end. Oracle, which acquired Java as part of its purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010, has announced that it will deprecate its Java browser plug-in in the next release of Java, version 9. Currently, it’s available as an early access beta. The plug-in will be removed entirely by another future release.
“With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Java browser plug-in has been much-envied and also the source of so many security flaws over the years. Most of the web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari have stopped support plug-ins, plus there’s a rise of web usage on mobile devices. So, Oracle though it would be a wise decision to move away from the plug-in.
“The rise of web usage on mobile device browsers, typically without support for plugins, increasingly led browser makers to want to restrict and remove standards-based plugin support from their products, as they tried to unify the set of features available across desktop and mobile versions,” Oracle wrote in a whitepaper about the change. “The Oracle JRE can only support applets on browsers for as long as browser vendors provide the requisite cross-browser standards-based plugin API (eg NPAPI) support.”
Java plug-in is known as a huge security vulnerability and a common vector to install malware. Anyways, it’s the end of an era. From now on, your browser will never ask you to update Java.