Microsoft Offers Developer Guidance for Flash Content in Windows 8 IE10; Nine Tips for Working with SkyDrive on Windows 8 Release Preview

Windows 8 Release Preview now includes a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player. With that Adobe Flash content on compatible Web sites will now play in Metro style IE10.Microsoft says that on Internet Explorer 10 on the desktop and Metro style IE use the same integrated Adobe Flash Player with "no need to download or […]

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Windows 8 Release Preview now includes a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player. With that Adobe Flash content on compatible Web sites will now play in Metro style IE10.

Microsoft says that on Internet Explorer 10 on the desktop and Metro style IE use the same integrated Adobe Flash Player with "no need to download or install an additional player."

"While any site can play Flash content in IE10 on the Windows desktop, only sites that are listed in the Flash section of the Compatibility View (CV) list can play Flash content within Metro style IE," Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager, IE added.

"For example, how responsive is the content to touch? Does it work well with the onscreen keyboard? Is it battery-life friendly? Do visual prompts comply with the Metro style user experience guidelines? Sites that rely on capabilities that are not supported within the Metro style experience, for example, Flash rollover events and P2P functionality, and don't degrade gracefully in their absence are better off running in IE with Flash on the desktop," explains Mauceri.

Mauceri notes, that developers can send HTML5 content to Metro style IE or express their preference that Metro style IE prompt users to run their site on the desktop (see details here).

Additional technical information and details can be found in the document posted on MSDN.

Personalizing SkyDrive App in Windows 8 Release Preview

SkyDrive Windows app lets you access your photos and files from almost anywhere, store them, and securely share them. And, now with the arrival of Windows 8 Release Preview, SkyDrive is automatically available right on the Start screen and any of your Windows 8 apps can connect directly to SkyDrive.

Check out this 9 tips on using SkyDrive with Windows 8 Release Preview:

  1. Access SkyDrive easily from any Windows 8 app
    In addition to browsing and managing your files directly using the SkyDrive app, you can also use other Windows 8 apps to choose a file or save files to SkyDrive. For instance, to choose a lock screen or a picture password, you can select from photos on your SkyDrive, right from the file browser. Just choose SkyDrive from the dropdown list of file locations and select a picture.

    Or, if you're using an app like SketchBook, the sketches you create can be saved directly to SkyDrive, right from the app by just choosing SkyDrive in the dropdown list of file locations.

    Accessing SkyDrive from Windows app

  2. Fetch Photos from another device right in the Photos app. All you need is the SkyDrive app installed on the PC you want to fetch photos from and an internet connection. The Photos app in Release Preview will automatically populate the PCs you've enabled fetch for, so you can easily begin browsing the photos on all those devices.
  3. Organize your files on SkyDrive with the drag and drop within the SkyDrive folder on your Windows PC.

    "There are a few things to keep in mind as you do this. Apps like Office and devices like your Windows Phone are designed to work with "special" folders in your SkyDrive. These folders include Documents, Pictures, Public, Mobile uploads, Blog images, SkyDrive camera roll, Twitter uploads, and BitLocker. If you delete or rename these folders, SkyDrive will automatically recreate them to ensure these apps or devices can keep working." Of course you can still move around folders or files that are within these special folders.

  4. Add SkyDrive to your Windows libraries for easier access
    If you want to view your SkyDrive files alongside your other Documents and Pictures, add the Documents or Pictures subfolders in your SkyDrive to the respective libraries in Windows 7 (or Windows 8).
  5. Make SkyDrive your "primary" drive
    If you want to go cloud-first and treat SkyDrive as your primary location for personal files, then set the default save location in your libraries to your SkyDrive folders. You can even go all the way and remove any other local folders from your libraries.
  6. Redirect your Desktop to SkyDrive
    Often we leave "work in progress" files on our desktop -- Solve this by redirecting the desktop on your PCs to a folder on SkyDrive. Right click on Desktop in your user folder and select properties. Then change the location for the Desktop to the folder of your choice on SkyDrive.
  7. Add OneNote notebooks to SkyDrive
    If you already use OneNote with SkyDrive, you may notice that your notebooks show up in your SkyDrive folder as shortcuts - not actual files.

    If you want to add OneNote notebooks currently stored only on your PC to SkyDrive, open OneNote 2010, click File, then Share, then scroll to Share On. Select Web, then in Web Location, choose SkyDrive. After that, you can view or edit notebooks on the web. Also if you are on a PC (or Mac) without OneNote 2010, you can access your notebook by clicking the respective shortcut in your SkyDrive folder as access your OneNote notebooks from the web.

  8. Work together on Office docs
    If you plan to work together with someone else on a document using Word 2010 or 2011, PowerPoint 2010 or 2011, or Office Web Apps, open the file directly from, not from your SkyDrive folder. This lets you and your friends work on the "live" version of the document so that you can work simultaneously without creating versioning issues.
  9. Get easier access to shared folders and sharing options
    In the preview release of SkyDrive for Windows (and Mac), you can view your personal files in Explorer (or Finder). To view files shared with you or files in your groups, visit or use the SkyDrive app for Windows 8. For quick access to, pin it to your taskbar using IE.

    You can also customize your taskbar to always show the SkyDrive system tray icon. Then you can right-click SkyDrive in the system tray and select "Go to". With SkyDrive in the system tray, you can also easily check whether syncing is complete. A green line will slide across the bottom of the icon if SkyDrive is still syncing and disappear when it's done.

[Windows blog]