Yet another web browser (Firefox) drops support for Java

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In early 2015, Mozilla (Firefox) as well as Chromium (Chrome) announced their plans to remove regular and extended support of NPAPI Plugins which is required to run JAVA Applets in the web browser. This piece of news sparked larger conversations on the evolution of in-browser Applet technology. On October 8, 2015, the Mozilla Firefox team released an article outlining their plan to discontinue support of NPAPI Plugins in Firefox towards the end of 2016.

In November 2015 Chrome (and all Chromium based browsers)  dropped NPAPI support all together.

It looks like Mozilla (Firefox) is finally making true to their promise. Earlier this week, a post on Slashdot confirmed this news:

"Starting March 7, when Mozilla is scheduled to release Firefox 52, all plugins built on the old NPAPI technology will stop working in Firefox, except for Flash, which Mozilla plans to support for a few more versions. This means technologies such as Java, Silverlight, and various audio and video codecs won't work on Firefox."

For a short period of time, enterprise customers of Firefox have the ability to subscribe to Firefox Extended Support Release which will allow them to continue in browser FileCatalyst Applet usage. Please visit the Firefox ESR Webpage for more details.

Another less known but still popular web browser Opera also silently dropped NPAPI support in November 2015 by switching to Chromium.

Here is the current situation:

Java Applets still Supported

Java Applets NOT supported

  • Internet Explorer (IE) 9,10,11
  • Safari (Mac OS)
  • Chrome (Chromium)
  • Firefox (Mozilla) as of March 7th
  • Edge (Default Win 10 browser)
  • Opera (Chromium based)
  • All Andorid and iOS devices

 

Queue in FileCatalyst TransferAgent...

 

FileCatalyst TransferAgent (TA) was released in September 2014 as an alternative solution to Java Applets. TA supports all recent web browsers on Windows, Mac and starting in March Linux. We strongly recommend that our Java applet users migrate to this new application.

 

If you would like more information on deployment and usage of TransferAgent, please contact your FileCatalyst Sales Representative or submit a ticket in our FileCatalyst Support Portal.

With our upcoming release of FileCatalyst Direct v3.7, we will offer our customers using Central a new way to administer their HotFolders, Servers and TransferAgent applications using HTML5 (no Java Applets).

Our FileCatalyst Workflow users have been able to deploy the TransferAgent client as an alternative upload and download method since February 2016. In March 2016, we will be publishing a new version of FileCatalyst Workflow which will also take advantage of TA for file areas.

We will completely discontinue all Java Applets in FileCatalyst Direct v3.8, scheduled for fall 2017