“Microsoft will not support browser plug-ins, including Adobe’s Flash, in one of the two versions of Internet Explorer to be bundled with Windows 8, a company executive said Thursday,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “As he explained Microsoft’s reasoning, Dean Hachamovitch, the executive who leads the IE team, used some déjà vu, echoing motives cited by Apple’s then-CEO Steve Jobs more than a year ago.”
“Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), the edition included with the Windows 8 developer preview that Microsoft launched earlier this week, will come in two flavors. One will run in the Metro interface, the tile-based look borrowed from Windows Phone 7, while the other will run on the more traditional desktop, also available to Windows 8 users,” Keizer reports. “‘The Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free,’ said Hachamovitch. ‘The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 Web.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Now, will the Adobe Flash-obsessed Walt Mossberg whine about the missing Flash dinosaur in Windows Mobile 8, or whatever they call it, the way he continues to moan about its nonexistence in iOS? And will he continue to deem the inability to play Flash well or even at all (as he attributes to Android-based tablets in one review dated July 13, 2011) an “advantage” over iPad in another review just a month later?