IE10 on Windows 8 and RT tile-based interface to run Flash by default

Microsoft changed its mind on this issue after determining most sites with Flash content have been optimized for the new OS's tile interface

Microsoft will update the Internet Explorer 10 version built for its Windows 8 and Windows RT "modern" tile-based interface to run Flash content by default, reversing course on its original decision around this issue.

The company has determined after months of testing that most sites with Flash content are compatible with the new tile-based interface of Windows 8 designed for touchscreens, as well as with the new operating system's performance and battery life features.

For the estimated fewer than 4 percent of sites that are incompatible with this Windows 8 touch "experience" or that depend on other plug-ins, Flash content will be blocked according to a list maintained by Microsoft. Until now, IE10 for Windows 8 and Windows RT's modern interface has run Flash only on sites handpicked by Microsoft.

Flash content already ran by default on IE 10 for the "desktop" interface in Windows 8, which is designed to resemble the traditional Windows 7 and Windows XP look and feel.

"We believe having more sites 'just work' in IE10 improves the experience for consumers, businesses, and developers. As a practical matter, the primary device you walk around with should give you access to all the Web content on the sites you rely on. Otherwise, the device is just a companion to a PC," wrote Rob Mauceri, group program manager of Internet Explorer, in a blog post on Monday.

Microsoft is pointing developers to this document, where they can find technical details about the criteria the vendor uses to block Flash content on certain sites, and what they can do to make them compatible.

"The documentation also includes a best-practices guide to help developers, designers, and content publishers create experiences with Flash that play well in IE for touch, responsiveness, and battery life. These best practices complement existing recommendations and tools such as modern.IE for authoring touch-friendly HTML5 sites. Also, starting tomorrow, modern.IE enables testing whether or not your site is on the curated Flash CV block list," Mauceri wrote.

Apple has so far resisted supporting Flash on its iOS devices out of concern about performance and user experience.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Tags applicationsMicrosoftbrowserssoftware

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?