[rant on] It strikes me that Google hires probably the brightest minds and do not grasp basics of IT: different people have different needs!
While it is acceptable to start restricting an securing web browser by disabling some features and external plugins for general public, it is quite unacceptable NOT to leave any option but not to upgrade for specialized use. I still did not get over NPAPI deprecation. Companies like mine have built specialized solutions around plugins and/or flash and with Google ecosystem (and with Apple one) we have NO choice.
As they represents a sizeable chunk of the market. It's a PROBLEM.
We had to basically rebuild our own web browser with NPAPI support to continue our business.
https://github.com/operationiv... (for those interested)
I can imagine how flash based solutions companies are thrilled about this announcement. And then - the question: what is the procedure to make it into the 'whitelist'. Google is turning into nanny state organization. Seems that they upgraded their motto as well
'Don't do evil' -> 'We do you good (even against your wish)
At least, the reviled Microsoft is doing a fine job ensuing good compatibility with their decade old WIn32 API. The perfect example is ActiveX support that has been removed from WIn10 / EDGE browser. But Win10 ships with Internet Explorer that HAS kept the active X support.
I can here teams of young (male virgin?) bright devs shrieking and getting excited by the newest JS bla bla framework and sighting when having to support legacy code. What a turn off for them !
To me, plugins where not only 'small add-ons'. They represented a web compound documents model, open toward other technologies.
Pure HTML5 is a 'la pensée unique', 'there is no alternative' way.
It reflects in the code how insecure people feel about 'foreign' things more generally and it is sad.