Firefox 20 Nightly on Windows now supports H.264 codec through the Windows’ Media Foundation.
Adobe has released a beta version of upcoming Flash Player 11.5 for Windows and Mac OS X. With this release, Adobe is planning to move to a rapid release cycle for beta to accelerate the development and bug-fixing process.
Mozilla is going to implement OS-level support for the patent-encumbered H.264 codec on Firefox for desktop and Android platforms. For Android 4.x devices, the beta version of Firefox for Android now supports hardware and software level H.264 decoding.
Chrome has removed bundled NPAPI Flash player plug-in from the latest dev channel build of Chrome on Windows.
Users can now delete content licenses for flash items and saved data of hosted web apps right from the “Clear Browsing Data” panel.
Adobe has released another update for Flash Player to fix two critical vulnerabilities recently discovered and rated as “Priority 2”. The updated version of Flash Player, v 18.104.22.168, is available for download from Adobe’s website for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris platforms.
For Flash Player releases after 11.2, Adobe will ship browser plugin for Linux platform only as Pepper Plugin API (PPAPI). The browser plugin will be distributed only as a part of Google Chrome, and will not be available for direct download or separate installation.
Chrome users can now opt for “Click to play” setting for all plug-ins. This feature blocks all plug-in contents by default, and users have choice to load content on demand.
Google Chrome stable channel has been updated to the version 14.0.835.202 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame platforms. The highlight of newer version is support for Flash Player 11.
Internet Explorer developers believe that the plug-ins are restricting users from getting the best browsing experience over the web, and explain how webmasters can take advantage of HTML5.