Facebook says goodbye to Adobe Flash,welcomes HTML5 !
Facebook today has decided to say goodbye Adobe Flash. They have announced that every video on its platform will now play on the HTML5 format by default.
Facebook front-end engineer Daniel Baulig wrote in a blog post :- We recently switched to HTML 5 from a Flash-based video player for all Facebook web video surfaces, including videos in News Feed, on Pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. We are continuing to work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games on our platform, but have shipped the change for video to all browsers by default.
The company explained that switching to a HTML5 video player made “development easier” and improves “the video experience for people on Facebook,” . We are continuing to work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games on our platform.
Formerly, HTML5 handled the heavy lifting for Web video surfaces, including video for Newsfeed and various Pages, but didn’t work optimally on older browsers.
In the long term, Baulig explains that the users will get an improved experience when it comes to video-playing, which is an integral aspect of the social networking experience and will be prone to lesser objections. On the development side, the switch allows the team to take advantage of Facebook’s HTML5 tools,
HTML5 videos are currently available on Facebook’s News Feed, Pages, and in the Facebook video player embedded on third-party sites.