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

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:


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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26 Comments

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

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.

3. Man2006 unregistered

Hahaha! Crapple!

4. tom polip unregistered

this website has flash noob

5. ilia1986 unregistered

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

23. aarick unregistered

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

13. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

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.

20. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

25. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

That's not you on the avatar. You're too hot to be a phone geek.

27. hepresearch unregistered

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6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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...

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?

9. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

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.

11. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Or on the Asus transformer.. :P

19. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

14. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

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

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

17. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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) : )

18. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

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!

21. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Windows 8 = Windows Vista 2.0

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...

22. captn3x

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 08, 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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