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January 17, 2015

Upcoming changes to NPAPI support in Chrome

google_chrome-600We have known about Google’s plans to remove Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) for a while now. Back in September 2013 they announced plans to remove NPAPI from the Chrome browser, a change that will improve Chrome’s security, speed and stability.

npapi_notificationGoogle have now released more details of their plans going forward with the release of Chrome 40 through to Chrome 42 in April.

In preparation for these upcoming changes, Apps admins from domains using Google Talk on Chrome 40 should inform their users to expect to see the ‘Plug-in blocked’ notifications. Longer term, this is a useful opportunity for admins to consider switching from Talk to Hangouts Chat, which does not require a plugin on Chrome.

Details and links are in the press release below. But we’ll give you a brief rundown,

  • With the imminent launch of Chrome 40 to the stable channel, we’ll no longer use the whitelist to allow certain NPAPI plugins to run without requiring user approval.
  • When we launch Chrome 41 to the stable channel in March, this approval will be required every time the browser is loaded
  • With the launch of Chrome 42 in April, NPAPI support will be disabled by default in Chrome.
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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini