Facebook has announced that its videos will load on the social media platform through HTML5 by default. This is another sign that shows that the Flash is nearing towards its end. The company says that switching to HTML5 has made development easy for them and it also improves the video experience on the Facebook platform.
Daniel Baulig of Facebook wrote on the blog, “From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs.” He also added, “Not only did launching the HTML5 video player make development easier, but it also improved the video experience for people on Facebook. Videos now start playing faster. People like, comment, and share more on videos after the switch, and users have been reporting fewer bugs.”
Recently, Flash creator has also been telling content creators, not to use Flash for their content in favor of some newer web standards like HTML5. Now, Facebook will use HTML5 by default for its web videos, which includes News Feed Videos, videos on its pages as well as Facebook embedded videos.
Daniel Baulig of Facebook wrote on the blog, “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”