Oracle’s Java Plugin for your web browser is no longer being supported. This momentous step was taken on 1/27.
So why did Oracle do this? Because the major browsers have moved to HTML5, which is far more secure and stable than the old NPAPI standard. In fact, all browser plugins based on that will cease to work in all the major browsers in 2016. MS, Mozilla and Google do not support plugins by default…and already block them or will block them shortly.
So, since the browsers will no longer support the plugin…adios Java Plugin.
Your browsing will be a good deal more secure. But this raises an interesting question. Since advertising runs the web, and since the advertisers run Java applet based ads, will the advertisers move to HTML5 advertising or remain in Java? Common sense says they will move, but since when did common sense run anything? The smaller browsers will still run it…and since it will be insecure, I’d advise moving to the major browsers.
I’m betting they will, if only to “follow the money”. We’ll see…because the alternative is the death of the web.