The outfit has said that it will remove its browser plug-in from future Java releases, basically because most browsers are giving up on plug-in support.
Several browser makers have either removed or announced their intentions to remove plug-in support from their desktop browsers. It all started with mobile device browsers, which lacked plug-in support from day one, but Microsoft led the way with plug-in-free desktop browsers. Its new Edge browser in Windows 10 came without plug-in support.
Last year Google removed plug-in support from its latest release of Chrome, and Mozilla is planning to eliminate plug-ins from its Firefox browser by the end of 2016. Soon, only the super cool and advanced Apple Safari will remain, showing once again how Apple is on the cutting edge of development.
To run a Java applet from within a browser, the browser must permit the Java plug-in to be installed. As browser makers turn away from these types of installations, it becomes more difficult to find an environment to run Java applets, which makes the Java plug-in irrelevant.
The Java Applet API will be still there in the next release of the Java Development Kit (JDK), which is slated for general availability some time in 2017 but after that the Applet API from the JDK and Java Runtime Environment will be gone.