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Windows 8's Metro UI browser won't support Adobe Flash, just the desktop version

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Windows 8's Metro UI browser won't support Adobe Flash, just the desktop version
After carefully examining 97 000 major sites from around the Web, Microsoft had decided to pull the plug on plug-ins in the Metro UI version of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8.

Following in Apple's footsteps, Redmond determined that, while 62% of those sites use Flash, most also have an HTML5 version as well, while other plug-ins usage is negligible. Reiterating Steve Jobs's points from last year, Microsoft said that browser plug-ins are an archaic way to add functionality, and open standards like HTML5 and CSS3 are the way to go. 

There will still be a "Use Dekstop View" button for accepting Microsoft's own oldie ActiveX controls, when needed, and you can always run the desktop version of IE 10, which would mean loading all the legacy Windows 7 code with the associated rise in battery consumption and so on. Here is Steven Sinfosky's own summary on the issue:

One of the first things a lot of folks will try after installing the developer preview of Windows 8 will be the IE10 browser—the most used tool in Windows. IE 10 in the preview is Platform Preview 3 of IE 10.  You can read on the IE blog about the HTML 5 engine work we’re doing. This post is about a big change in Metro style IE, which is the plug-in free experience. In Windows 8, IE 10 is available as a Metro style app and as a desktop app. The desktop app continues to fully support all plug-ins and extensions. The HTML5 and script engines are identical and you can easily switch between the different frame windows if you’d like. Metro style IE provides all the main navigation keyboard shortcuts and mouse support you’ve come to expect—creating tabs, moving between tabs, closing tabs, entering addresses, searching, and more. I’m using this browser full–time, and given the amount of time I spend in Windows Phone, the same experience and use of touch is definitely a plus. But you can decide on what works best for you, and not compromise.

Smart move on Microsoft's part, and it seems that Redmond is definitely looking way ahead with Windows 8. We also like how all backwards compatibility is kept intact, but the market will be the ultimate judge whether the new OS gamble will pay off.

source: Microsoft


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posted on 15 Sep 2011, 02:27 2

1. Tom Polisa (unregistered)


this is madness......every decent website has flash in it.....this way microsoft wont have an advantage over apple.....anyway i got sick of this joke

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 02:40 1

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Really, Tom? Because that would mean that right freaking now - you're surfing on an indecent one. Shouldn't your mom be worried, Tom?

And at least Microsoft allows you to run Flash as an option if you use the desktop version of IE. Unlike Crapple.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 03:21 1

3. Man2006 (unregistered)


Hahaha! Crapple!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 03:24

4. tom polip (unregistered)


this website has flash noob

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 03:38

5. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Really, Tom? Where? I can see all of it fine - and I'm using an iPhone 4.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 18:26

23. aarick (unregistered)


That's because crapple turns all flash content into a static image on iOS.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:11

13. joaolx (Posts: 353; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Safari has flash. Just so you know. Except the Safari for iOs. Learn first before you talk.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:44 2

15. hepresearch (unregistered)


ilia1986 said he's on an iPhone 4... thus it is Safari for iOS, and has no Flash... learn to read before you reply, my friend.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:22

20. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Who still uses IE? My entire family of computer noobs uses Chrome or FF anyway.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 00:11

25. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


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posted on 17 Sep 2011, 13:31

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posted on 15 Sep 2011, 04:18 3

6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I've got win 8 developer preview installed.
Win 8 has a extremely ugly UI. It is not made to work with mouse either, it's made for touchscreens (imagine swiping with a mouse instead of a finger). I'm not impressed...

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 04:39

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Peter there is something that is troubling me: can you switch between metro apps? I mean - not drag the last app from the left. I mean - switch between apps. For example if I open the browser, the calendar, the clock and the control panel - all metro apps - in that order - and I'm in the browser right now. Can I instantly switch to the clock - without going through the calendar first?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:07

9. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


From what i have tested so far, you can only switch between apps by sliding them from the side. If you have started IE 10, Clock and control panel, you can only switch between them by sliding them out form the left. you can't choose which app to drag from the left. However if it's not the one you want, you can just put it back, and drag out a new one, and hope that's the one you're looking for.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:20

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I see. That's a shame. I was hoping for true multi-tasking. Hopefully they will fix that before the final release.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:34 1

11. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


some apps are even suspended, like in IOS...
It's definitely not a good multitasking on win 8. One positive thing with win 8 is that it seems extremely fast. I'm running it on a old computer with 1 GB ram and celeron processor, and it lags a little but otherwise works fine. It would probably be possible to run win 8 on a GS2.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:07 1

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Or on the Asus transformer.. :P

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 13:08

19. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


You can switch by pressing the win+tab key just like in the old days of W7. It does take some getting used to but it is quite nice once you play with it for awhile.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:53 1

14. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Where did you get the Windows 8 for developer from????? I don't believe that.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:15 1

16. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you can download it. its a beta build for testing purposes. If i had a spare computer Id download it to play with it. Cant risk it mauling my school/gaming computer though.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:18

17. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


i downloaded it from MS developer site.
My company just purschased a HP computer tablet for running win 8 (at the moment we run win 8 on a old pc from around 2005) : )

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:35

18. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 04:30 3

7. peterfromgriffin (unregistered)


hum..i see apple preparing a lawsuit for microsoft for not using flash.

since apple don't use flash for a long time!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 14:23

21. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Windows 8 = Windows Vista 2.0

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 22:34

24. hepresearch (unregistered)


... with a little Metro UI thrown on top of it... you know, to confuse the average user into thinking it's entirely new and unique...

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 17:38

22. captn3x (Posts: 43; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


apparently doing only the same old same is all Microsoft cares about. I would have thought Microsoft would have learned that they can't compete in the cellular race without being the same as the leader. If there metro UI won't support flash then neither will WP7.

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