First Apple refused to let Flash onto the iPad. Now Microsoft want to nix all plugins from Internet Explorer. Browsers, it seems, want to leave plugins behind. They want HTML5 to do what Flash used to, and from a certain perspective it makes a lot of sense. Even Adobe seem to realise that Flash is done and offers tools to recompile apps built in Flash for HTML5.
However, specifically for Flash social games, Java games, some Unity projects and some other more obscure plugins this is a really big deal. HTML5 is perfectly capable of being used for video and rich content sites, but does it really stand up for games? So far the consensus from the game development community seems to be ‘no’, but if the Windows default browser won’t support them then they instantly lose at least half of their market.
So where does this leave browser based games? Has Microsoft just announced their doom?