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This article was published on December 7, 2015


The world’s most popular internet speed test finally drops Adobe Flash

The world’s most popular internet speed test finally drops Adobe Flash
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Speedtest.net is something of an institution for checking how quick your internet speed is, but it’s been stuck in the past for years using Adobe Flash to perform the test.

Good news: as Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, has finally begun testing a HTML5 version of the service and it’s better than ever.

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You won’t be needing any plugins anymore, as the new and improved version performs everything in your browser without any additional requirements.

Sure, it’s hard to get excited about a speed-testing site in general, but it’s a good harbinger of the inevitable death of Adobe Flash.

As fewer important tools rely on Flash it gets easier to drop it entirely from our computers — we just need Netflix and Hulu to fully say goodbye so we can get rid of it forever.

➤ Speedtest Beta [Speedtest]

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