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!

  • http://www.bendoregondentistry.com 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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