Chrome 5.0: Flash Player Is Back On
Article by George Norman
On 06 Jul 2010
When Chrome 5.0 was still in Beta, Google touted the fact that the Flash Player plugin is built into its web browser. But when Chrome 5.0 moved out of the Beta channel and was released as a stable, final version (at the time it was version 5.0.375.55), the Flash Player plugin was turned off.

At the time Mountain View-based search engine giant Google explained that it will enable the plugin only when Flash Player 10.1 would be rolled out. Now that Flash Player 10.1 has been released, Google stuck to its word and enabled the plugin. Flash Player is built into the latest Chrome version and it is turned on by default.


“In March, we announced that we would be bringing improved support for Adobe Flash Player to Google Chrome. Along with driving the development of a next generation browser plug-in API, this integration will eliminate the need to install Flash Player separately and reduce the security risk of using outdated versions. In the near future, we will extend Chrome’s “sandbox” to web pages with Flash content to further protect users from malicious content,” commented Product Manager with Google, Jeff Chang.

The latest stable Chrome version is version 5.0.375.99. If you would like to get the latest Chrome version, please click here.

But before you do so, perhaps you would like to know what version 5.0 has to offer:
- HTML5 Features: Geolocation, App Cache, web sockets, file drag-and-drop. You can for example drag and drop attachments to outgoing emails, and if you turn on a Gmail Labs experiment, you can include images in the body of the email by dragging and dropping them .
- Preferences synchronization. This feature is similar to the Bookmark Sync feature in Chrome 4.0; it lets you sync browser preferences, like themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, and language.
- The bookmark manager has a new look.
- V8 JavaScript performance improvements.

Tags: Google, Chrome, Flash Player
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