Microsoft ditches Flash support in tablet version of Internet Explorer

by Kenny Hemphill on September 15, 2011

Microsoft has announced that the version of Internet Explorer which runs in Windows 8 Metro will not support plug-ins. That means that, like iOS, it won’t play Flash content.

‘For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free. The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web,’ said Dean Hachamovitch, who leads Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, in a blog post.

Metro is the name of the touch-screen interface layer for Windows 8, designed for tablets. Hachamovitch noted that of the 97,000 sites his team examined, 62% of those that used Flash served the same content as HTML 5, allowing them to be viewed in their entirety on browsers which supported HTML 5 but not Flash.

‘Running Metro style IE plug-in free improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers…Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style UI,’ wrote Hachamovitch.

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  • DP

    Oh God! What should we do? Internet Explorer is THE ONLY browser on the planet!!!!

  • Adamesmithe

    Wow! Good news!

  • Bend Family Dentist

    Does this spell the end of Flash? What exactly is the problem with flash? Technically what does flash consume or do that the BIG BOYS dont like?

  • Michael Lewis

    Nice to read useful info.Thanks for shairing.

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