Oracle’s Dalibor Topic sounds really bitter about it:
By late 2015, many browser vendors have either removed or announced timelines for the removal of standards based plugin support, eliminating the ability to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plugin based technologies.
Cry me a river. I’m sure Oracle loves it when people think of Java and malware in the same context, though, to the extent that anyone still thinks about Java.
With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology.
Java Web Start is basically a way to wrap a Java-for-web app in a desktop application frame. Gross. The sooner this thing dies, the better.
Update: Reader “Alo” makes a good point:
It may die on the open web, but it’s not going anywhere. [I’ve] got multimillion-$$$ equipment with Java/JWS interfaces.
As long as enterprise — generally speaking — remains stodgy, so will their software. Not coincidentally, corporate espionage remains a significant problem.