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Windows RT: More Domains Will Come to Flash Whitelist

This is the best time for Adobe Flash Player who continues to be an irreplaceable program in traditional PC. This is the worst time for Adobe Flash Player who has lost support of Android and iOS devices for being a vulnerable and power consuming application in mobile market. However, contrary to most people’s predictions, Windows 8 devices are not going to follow suit. In fact, giving the fact that Microsoft is trying to add more domain names to Flash whitelist in Windows RT, Windows 8 devices will be provided with better Flash support in the future.

Flash Whitelist

What is on earth the Flash whitelist? It is true that Windows 8 has used Adobe Flash Player as a built-in plugin. However, as the versions of IE 10 vary, supports to Flash contents on Windows 8 differ. If users are using desktop IE 10 on Windows 8 Pro, they can enjoy Flash on Windows 8 devices without limitations. If they are running IE 10 on Windows RT or Metro, they are only allowed to visit Flash contents on limited websites. The list that includes those trusted websites are named Flash whitelist.

The reason for the birth of Flash whitelist can be easily seen. Since Adobe Flash Player is not an evil program, it is those poorly-secured Flash programs that bring bad reputations to Adobe Flash Player. Therefore, the solution to turn vulnerable Adobe Flash Player to become a safe application is to blacklist those hostile Flash contents. This is exactly the task Windows RT and Metro tries to manage with the Flash whitelist. Generally speaking, the most influential Flash based websites like YouTube will be added to the Flash whitelist in the first place and then other domains who have pasted the tests of Microsoft. So far, over 1000 domains are included in the Flash whitelist of Windows RT and Microsoft is working on to get more reliable Flash websites for users.

Just as every coin gets two sides, Flash whitelist makes Windows RT a securer system but brings troubles to users. Obviously, the existing domains in Flash whitelist is far from enough when compared with thousands of existing Flash based websites. Therefore, problems like playing Flash content on Surface RT turns out to be a headache of most Windows RT users when they are visiting websites that are out of the Flash whitelist.  Currently speaking, converting Flash content to Surface RT video seems to be the best idea. However, when the not fully bakes Windows RT becomes mature, those Flash websites get big chances to be included in the Flash whitelist if they are not hostile content based or poorly designed.

Adobe Flash Player vs HTML5, Firefox Knows the Winner

Even though the war of Titans between Adobe Flash Player and HTML5 has lasted for years, both sides get the chance to be the winner. Less favored than HTML5 as it is in mobile market, Adobe Flash Player still controls the dominance in online video websites and gaming fields. Less popularized than Adobe Flash Player as it is, the eye-attracting HTML5 wins a promising future. However, while others are waiting for the winner in the battle of Adobe Flash Player vs HTML5, Firefox has shown its support to HTML5 by allowing users to dump Adobe Flash Player with its new functions.

 In the latest version of Firefox, users are allowed to get accesses to Flash contents without Adobe Flash Player. By drilling into Windows Media Foundation which is used to decode H.264 video, the latest Firefox is accessible to H.264 video directly. Just as is known to all, most HTML5 based online videos are files with H.264 codec. Therefore, Firefox now can take full advantages of HTML5 technologies for video streaming and getting rid of the restrictions posed by Adobe Flash Player. However, as the alternative to Adobe Flash Player, HTML5 is only employed in famous online video websites like YouTube and Viemo. In order words, without Adobe Flash Player, Firefox users will be banned accesses to some Flash based websites. However, the move of Firefox may be pose crucial effects to the result of Adobe Flash Player vs HTML5.

Firefox and H.264

Adobe Flash Player is important to desktop web browsers. Therefore, though the vulnerable application has irritated almost all mainstream web browsers, none of them have blacklisted it. Adobe Flash Player has brought security concerns to Windows 8, IE 10 still uses it as a plug in. The long response time of Shockwave has led to the crash of Chrome, but Chrome only sandboxes Adobe Flash Player as a solution.  Even Safari has to provide a place for Adobe Flash Player in its supporting list. However, after Firefox dumps Adobe Flash Player, other web browsers are likely to follow suit. If the assumption becomes a reality, HTML5 will be the winner in the battle of HTLM5 vs Flash Player.

In fact, as the widely used web browser only second to IE, Firefox used to be quite supportive to Adobe Flash Player. Even when Chrome on Jelly Bean device has banned accesses to Adobe Flash Player, Firefox on Android 4.1 refuses to do the same. As a consequence, Firefox has been utilized as a way to install Adobe Flash Player on Jelly Bean devices. Generally speaking, two reasons have led to the attitude changes of Firefox. For one thing, Firefox has to pay licensing fee for Adobe Flash Player. It is not a heavy burden for a free and non-profitable web browser. For another, the vulnerable Adobe Flash Player is often the main cause for the crash of the web browser, making its users feel uncomfortable.

Of course, not all computer users can take full advantages of the latest Firefox. Currently, the latest Firefox is only designed for Windows systems above Windows Vista. The mobile version of the latest Firefox is designed for Android devices running systems above Android 4.0. However, as time goes by, Firefox will become better and better. It may also become the main factor that decides the winner in the battle of Adobe Flash Player vs HTML5.