Ookla's Speedtest tool is the fastest and easiest way to check your internet speed, and it's about to get even better when it stops relying on Adobe's all-but-dead Flash platform and moves entirely to HTML5. Ookla is in the process of beta testing the new version of Speedtest, found here, with an all new design that's noticeably more minimalist than than its current Flash-based site. The best part: you don't need a resource-intensive plugin you don't want to use.
While not the most exciting news, it's another indication that the era of Flash is over after years of steady decline and a helpful public takedown from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Adobe put a definitive nail in the coffin last week when it began urging web developers to stop building with the tool. The company also renamed its signature software from Flash Professional CC to Animate CC to wash away the Flash name and better associate its product with animation. Unfortunately, many of the websites from major streaming services like HBO and Spotify still rely in some way on Flash, meaning we can't get rid of it just yet.