Microsoft lifts the Adobe Flash restrictions in Windows 8/RT, no word on Silverlight

Microsoft lifts the Adobe Flash restrictions in Windows 8/RT, no word on Silverlight
Microsoft was afraid that the workload posed by Adobe's Flash will hinder the performance of the UI formerly known as the Metro interface in Windows 8/RT, that's why it loaded its IE10 browser with modern web techniques, but put the kibosh on Flash, and you had to manually add site exclusions.

Flash is not going anywhere any time soon, though, so Microsoft seems to be listening to its customers, and outed a blog post where it details that all the restrictions on Adobe Flash usage are now lifted, save for a very few sites that it deems incompatible with the new interface experience:


source: Microsoft

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28 Comments

1. 4channer

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

is microsoft run by engineers with no interest in web browsing? i think so. because more than 80% of the internet is flash content (google it)

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

MS was getting slammed for blocking Flash in Win8. They were losing sales (worst of all, customers would buy the Surface Pro and then return it) over the Flash issue.

12. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Any source for ur claim?

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Well, I spent a few days at the Palo Alto MS store looking at the Surface Pro, and I saw returns. Admittedly, a few observations does not make a trend, but you never saw iPads being returned after launch. And, if sales were strong, Ballmer and crew would be screaming their heads off about it. It is approaching a month since the Pro started shipping, and silence about its sales 'success'. The most visible story was about the supply of Surface Pro units being held back to give the impression of high sales.

21. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

It's possible what you saw was legit, but that doesn't mean your personal observations carry any weight in regards to customer satisfaction and sales on a wider scale.. Compared to the raw power of the Surface Pro, the iPAD and Android tablets are just toys. Flash or no Flash, the Surface Pro packs a heavy punch that can easily knock out most other tablets.

25. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I guess the 'raw power' of the Surface Pro was not raw-enough for Flash until today, eh? Regardless, forecasts of the demise of Flash are premature. Especially when 50 to 80% of the web content is in Flash. Out of curiosity, what do you do when you encounter a website with Flash-based content? Look away?

28. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

If I m right both ipad and android tablets dont hav flash r they returned for tht reason. " I spent a few days...." wht were u doin thr for days TROLLING

4. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Doesn't matter. Future is fully HTML5 dominated. Neither Flash nor Silverlight will survive.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Steve Jobs said the same thing. He is all gone, and Flash is still here.

7. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

its got to be true, cous the fruit guy said it!!

8. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Wait & Watch kid

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Going to have to wait a looooong time. BTW, there are still versions of DOS that are in use to this day....

22. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Flash may be around, but it's not on my smartphone, and nobody is demanding it for web design either. I personally thought it was great, and FlashKit was an amazing website, for those that remember it. You can thank Apple for killing it off, but it's true that HTML 5 provides similiar and more stable functions, provided you know JavaScript as well...

26. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Are you getting a bit defensive? Web pages are continually being created with Flash content. PA is but one example. Flash is easier (aka less cost) to create web content with. Until HTML5 becomes compelling (as opposed to 'where the future is'), Flash will continue to be utilized.

14. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Well, until that future comes, can I have my flash player, please?

11. papss unregistered

No ill BING it instead ;)

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

So, is PA on the Nice or Naughty list? Previously, IE on the Surface Pro would not load the Flash buttons to Respond to a post. What is the latest news?

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good to hear

9. supersammyfans

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

Thank you M$hit, you are the very own reason people stop buying your s**t products, unlike Sammy products which won't restricted us this and that at all....

10. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Sammy doesn't put any restrictions, which is why its the best thing to tamper with.

13. papss unregistered

No but they SS can't make great hardware if they tried... I don't reward copycats with my money..

17. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Forget flash, I wan't java support on WinRT. Its the only reason I haven't bought an RT tablet.

19. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

me to ! :)

18. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Thanks Microsoft, another little reason to love my Surface even more !

20. NateAdam8

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Happy Birthday!

23. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Love it now I don't have to manually add site to the list anymore.

24. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Now to open up the same channels on that third OS based off the windows 8 kernel. You know, wp8. I really don't see it happening, but I still want it nonetheless.

27. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Not bad. I already started whitelisting all the sites I wanted to enable flash on my surface rt but now i dont have to take my time in doing that now.

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