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Oracle to kill Java browser plugins once JDK 9 debuts

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January 28, 2016

Earlier today, Oracle said that it will kill off all Java browser plugins once JDK 9 debuts soon, but neglected to give a specific date.

Oracle's post on the matter says it has listened to some of the anti-plugin comments from the IT industry and agrees with the concept that plugins are so 90s and have no place in the modern browser.

So “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.”

“Oracle plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9,” the post says. “This technology will be removed from the Oracle JDK and JRE in a future Java SE release.”

The plugin likely won't be missed, as it was often found to have security issues and required frequent updates.

And then there was the Ask toolbar, a ride-along piece of 'vapor ware' that made many a browser hostage to searches on ask.com.

The toolbar was hard to avoid, because with every update of the plugin users were required to opt-out of its installation. But as always, many inevitably forgot to do so.

Some versions of Java also imposed McAfee security software on users, again by tricky means. Bad idea, bad for business.

Microsoft last year decided the Ask toolbar was malware, but by then Oracle had moved on to a deal with Yahoo to load its nasty stuff with fresh Java installs. Same old, same old.

Oracle earned a fee every time the search bar was installed, a boost to its bottom line that also earned it plenty of enmity from users who wondered why a colossal corporation needed to make a few cents by making its wares a conduit for s**t-ware.

Browser-makers, however, have of late become wary of plugins as incident after incident fingered them as security risks. Oracle's clearly decided that for Java to remain relevant, it needs to make sure it's a post-plugin tool.

So this is today's post, and the many sighs of relief from anyone that has ever endured the irritation of Ask.com and Yahoo's annoying toolbar.

Source: Oracle.

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