Microsoft To Integrate Adobe Flash In Internet Explorer 10

We all thought Microsoft was on the way to completely abandon plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight. It was like Windows 8 on ARM doesn’t support Adobe Flash and Metro Internet Explorer 10 won’t be able to display Flash websites. But now, Microsoft has different plans. They are going to integrate Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer 10 that will ship with Windows 8. Microsoft has worked with Adobe to ensure the Flash code meets its own standards for reliability, compatibility, security, and performance.

From Winsupersite,

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.

We are not sure how Microsoft will select those legacy websites? But anyway, consumers won’t mind enjoying flash content on their Windows 8 tablets.

Source: Winsupersite, Winunleaked

  • the person

    ok, this is just a compatibility list, and it is essentially emulated flash.  I’m ok with this.  I’m sure there were some major flash driven properties that were up in arms about being abandoned and had too much custom flash work to convert in time.

    • Anonymous

      If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you opt in to Youtube’s html5 experiment before declaring html5 the future of RIA. I tried it and was begging for flash.

  • Henrik

    Would be cool to have it trickling down into WP8 too. But with an option to have it enabled or not. One less bullshit criteria for the Android fangirls to whine about. HTML5 still is the future though, but not really until Adobe releases a Flash-like developer program built for HTML5.

  • Harvey

    Cool.  As long as they solved the “main” issue that MS and Apple had with flash ( BATTERY LIFE )

    Also, this kinda answers the question of what Microsoft was having a serioud meeting with Adobe with a few years back.  Everyone was thinking that MS was going to buy Adobe.
    Well I guess they bought…err..licensed some of the source code for flash.

    Either way, I like.  Just because HTML5 is all the hype right now, don’t mean all those FLASH web sites are going away.

    Rafael and Thurrott even included a screenshot of one of the busiest sites that utilize FLASH….Disney.  Don’t think they are going to redesign all that in the next few years.  So MS is capitalizing…  Smart move!

    • Him

      Apple’s battery life issue was foo bar, based on older versions of flash and a stupid, pointless vendetta of a dead CEO.  It’s been proven time and again that flash on mobile is no worse than html5 video.

      • Anonymous

        It’s been proven that HTML5 is not ready for prime time. At least not for RIA.

  • Anonymous

    Is this also going into Metro IE? That would be both awesome and concerning at the same time.

    • Aaron Payne

      This is specifically about the Metro IE.  The desktop IE can still use plugins.

  • Anonymous

    What a great move, they should have announced it sooner. The day to day problem with Flash (and unfortunately in my experience other Adobe products like the reader) is that they were buggy and slow causing major stability and performance issues.

    Rather than take the throw the baby out with the bathwater approach they have “apparently” fixed these issues Yay!

    Now we all know HTML5 is supposed to be the future but until then most of the web uses flash and to not support it is plain stupid (sorry Steve).

  • Anonymous

    I have a philosophical issue with this whole HTML5 bandwagon going on.  I get that the word “plugin” has become a dirty word and that they do open up new attack vectors or performance issues.  However, I don’t want innovation to be hampered by a strict ideological adherence to standards.  I think private companies like MS and Adobe will always be able to innovate faster than some international UN of the web.  Lets remember that the WWWC is STILL debating HTML5 and can’t even seem to settle on issues like what Video codec to use.  So technically, in this year of 2012, we still don’t have a finalized standard for video on the web.  Meanwhile, proprietary technologies like Flash, and more recently Silverlight, have been around for years and have been improved and innovated upon in numerous revisions.  I think its shortsighted to think the HTML5 Video and Canvas tags will put to rest the need for future proprietary solutions.  When new needs arise in the future, how long will we have to wait for HTML6 to come out?  Another 20 years?