The one where Chrome banished Java + Silverlight

Jun 10, 2015

Chrome BrowserBack in late April / May Google released a new version of its Chrome Browser - version 42 - in which it started phasing out support for the insecure NPAPI plugin interface in Chrome, critical for plugins such as Silverlight and Java. It may seem strange that we’re writing about it so far after the fact; however of late we’ve had a lot of clients having issues accessing websites that use these programming languages.

While annoying, this is a good thing as the browser strives to work toward better performance, better security… and JAVA and Silverlight are the most obvious plugins to be affected by this change.

How to work around:

  1. Type chrome://flags in the browser's address bar and hit enter.
  2. Search for chrome://flags/#enable-npapi on the page. Or, load it directly.
  3. Enable it with a click on the link.
  4. Restart the browser.

Final Phase Out - September 2015

However, come September this year, this will no longer work – and NPAPI will be completely removed from the browser. It’s worth noting that Chrome automatically updates in the background and already this month new updates bring it to version 43. If, come September, you still need to use a chrome plugin that it no longer supports; another browser is really the only option unless the companies providing these plugins release updated software using a new “PPAPI” standard.So far there are many plugins that use the new PPAPI standard that will continue to work fine - Flash for instance will continue with no issues after the NPAPI end date.

Tropical Cloud Desktop is Ready

As we understand some banks require these technologies still - in addition to other mission critical web based apps, our Tropical Cloud Desktop users will note we have deployed Firefox in addition to Chrome Browsers across all platforms as a work around to ensure work is not interrupted come September 2015.

The future of web browsers and websites?

Google’s Chrome Browser is one of the more popular on the planet, handling 45% - 50% of the entire world’s internet traffic - and with good reason - it is great software. Chances are the push from the software giant for a more secure and stable web browsing experience will force companies to update their software in due course.

It should also be noted that more and more web developers are taking advantage of the new HTML5 technologies with recent web development over more traditional solutions such as Silverlight, Java & Flash. HTML5 promises a more modern approach to multimedia, mobile, and game development - keeping with changes over the last decade and decreasing our dependence on plugins.

As always, we are here to help. If you need assistance, please give us a call on 08 8922 0000 or contact us.

Director Daniel Ladlow
Daniel Ladlow
Tropical Business Solutions

Category: Technology

Daniel Ladlow


Director at Tropical Business Solutions