Changing Web usage is hard. Google has granted a few extra months of leeway to those who rely on a handful of popular plug-ins, such as Silverlight, to extend what their browser can do.
The new beta of Google's browser also adds support for animated WebP images and an interface that lets Web apps vibrate the phone.
The Aurora test version of Firefox won't load browser plug-ins, such as Silverlight and QuickTime, unless the user grants permission. Flash is the exception.
Reliant on plug-ins like Silverlight, Unity, and Java? Make plans to move on or change browsers, because most plug-ins will be banned from Chrome in the next year.
Web developers and graphic artists who want to try the data-saving graphics format now have two choices of open-source plug-ins for Photoshop.
Why ditch plug-ins such as Flash Player and Silverlight? Microsoft's list: Battery life, security, privacy, and support for mobile devices.
Google says it will add technology to Chrome that will refuse to run plug-ins that are out-of-date.
Mozilla's Shumway project aims to run the Web's Flash programs without the Flash plugin. It's now running by default for some video tasks in the cutting-edge version of Firefox.
European carrier giant Telefonica, parent company of the UK's O2, has embraced WebRTC technology so its customers just need a browser to make calls. Too bad about Apple's Safari, though.
By using HTML5 by default to deliver YouTube video, Google helps the Web root out Adobe's Flash. The next challenge for the Web: competing with mobile apps.