Microsoft’s IE10 to run Flash by default on Windows 8, RT

ieneonMicrosoft announced this afternoon that it’s updating the Modern UI (formerly “Metro”) version of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to support Adobe Flash by default.

Previously this version of the browser was set to not play interactive Flash content by default, unless the site in question was on a Compatibility View whitelist. People who wanted to play Flash content could switch to the desktop version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8 as an alternative.

With the new update, Microsoft is switching things up. Flash will play across IE10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT unless the site in question is on a “block list.” Rob Mauceri, Internet Explorer group program manager, explains in a blog post

Looking at our engineering experience with Flash and Windows 8 and RT, as developers improve their Flash content, the vast majority of sites with Flash content that we have tested are now compatible with the Windows experience goals. Of the thousands of domains tested for Flash compatibility to date, we have found fewer than 4% are still incompatible, in the most part because the core site experience requires other ActiveX controls in addition to Flash. With Windows 8 in the hands of customers and developers, we listened to feedback around the experience of Web sites with Flash.

The update is slated to roll out starting tomorrow.

  • guest

    If they’d done this earlier WinRT might have had a shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondouglasfarris Jason Farris

    I really just read the MS news for the obligatory anonymous hater comments.

    • http://www.nwmondo.com/ Mark

      LOL – so did I! Just waiting for the usual line of displeasure which is often more entertaining than the post in question.

    • RJ

      Honestly, it’s getting harder and harder to hate MS. It’s like kicking an arthritic old dog now.

  • Forrest Corbett

    Good call. It will be interesting to see how tough they’ll be with the blocklist. Seems like poorly built swfs that cause CPU hogging and/or memory hogging/leaks should be high on the list for blocking.