Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 which was announced to be the plugin-less browser, seems to be getting Adobe Flash support. Windows 8 may now include flash support, but that does not mean a "plugin support." According a report, the latest build of Windows 8 showed up with Flash, Winunleaked reported.
"Microsoft is integrating Flash directly into Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and doing so in a way that does not undermine the safety and reliability of the Metro environment," reports Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott.
"Adobe actually provided Microsoft with source code access to Flash, allowing them to seamlessly integrate the technology into IE 10. Thus, Microsoft did not need to make an exception to its no-add-on policy for Internet Explorer Metro. By making Flash a part of IE 10, it can ensure the code meets its own standards for reliability, compatibility, security, and, probably most important, performance."
Interestingly, Flash was not only bundled, but was installed with the Release Preview. Adobe might have worked in some last minute magic with Microsoft to save the dying platform; currently Flash is not supported in build 8400 (Release Preview) in the Metro browser.
Microsoft CVP Dean Hachamovitch, over two years ago noted that Flash was an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today's web. "So, Microsoft has extended the Internet Explorer Compatibility View list to include rules for popular Flash-based web sites that are known to meet certain criteria. That is, Flash is supported for only those popular but legacy web sites that need it. This feature is not broadly available for all sites," said Rivera and Thurrott.
"Today, video on the web is predominantly Flash-based. While video may be available in other formats, the ease of accessing video using just a browser on a particular web site without using Flash is a challenge for typical consumers. Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security, and performance. We work closely with engineers at Adobe, sharing information about the issues we know of in ongoing technical discussions. Despite these issues, Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today's web," Hachamovitch said.
Figure 1: IE10 with Flash:
Figure 2: IE10 without Flash:
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And, also that it could come to all iOS devices as the product was labeled Office for iOS.
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