YouTube Dumps Flash, Now Defaults to HTML5 Video reports that it might not be the “nail in the coffin” for Flash that some critics have called it, but YouTube announced Tuesday that it will now default to the HTML5 video player instead of Flash. The change will apply to viewers using Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 and beta versions of Firefox.

YouTube Engineering Manager Richard Leider made the announcement in a post on the YouTube Engineering and Developers Blog. In his post, he described how YouTube has been working over the past several years to overcome some HTML5 limitations that had been preventing its use as “our preferred platform for video delivery.”

“Over the last four years, we’ve worked with browser vendors and the broader community to close those gaps,” Leider wrote. “These advancements have benefited not just YouTube’s community, but the entire industry.”


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