When you surf on the web, you sometimes need a plugin to view some elements of the page, even if it tends to disappear in favor of HTML5.
For animations, online games and media players on websites, the Flash was often used, but now, Flash is no longer used on the web except for sites that offers Flash video games.
Plugins such as Java can also be used to create cross-platform programs (compatible with different operating systems such as : Windows, Linux and Mac OS X).
Adobe AIR allows developers to use the same code to create applications for Windows, Mac OS, Android and iOS.
Adobe Flash Player is a plugin known worldwide and is destined to disappear in favor of HTML5.
This plugin created by Adobe allows you to play flash games on the Internet, see flash animations that still exist on the Internet, use audio players and/or video created in Flash as dewplayer, ...
Java is a plugin created by Oracle that has existed for over 20 years. This plugin allows you to create multi-platform programs (such as OpenOffice, programming environments like Eclipse, ...), but also applets that were running in web pages.
Shockwave Player is a plugin mainly used for some flash games and some 3D games.
This plugin is rarely used on the Internet, except on flash games sites.
Microsoft Silverlight is a plugin created by Microsoft that is based on the .Net framework. This plugin is rarely used, but it is used in particular to create media player (audio and video), ...
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