Linked by David Adams on Thu 15th Sep 2011 07:08 UTC, submitted by kristoph
Windows Microsoft announced during the build conference, and Steve Sinofsky reiterated in a blog posting that: "For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free. The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web." Sinfosky goes on explain why Microsoft will not include Flash and why it's no longer needed. It's as close as we'll get to an obituary for Flash. Update from Thom: Added a note in the 'read more'!
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Nothing To See Here
by slashdev on Thu 15th Sep 2011 15:41 UTC
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I dont know, From where i stand Microsoft isnt abandoning anything. They have choose to have a version of their brower to run without plug-ins. Its the version (Metro) that is targeted for the tablet space. This makes total sense.

Unlike Android/WebOS where only a very small subset of plugins are available, IE in Windows 8 will be encumbered by supporting every single plug-in that exists for windows (thousands). This will be madness. Microsoft is giving folks a plug-less option while browsing. If you want plugins you have to use the desktop IE (which incidentally will be included in x86 Windows 8, we have not heard about ARM). This will save battery life, memory and cpu cycles.

While i am not a big fan of flash/silverlight and the closed web...there is "Nothing To See Here(tm)"

Edited 2011-09-15 15:45 UTC

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RE: Nothing To See Here
by kristoph on Thu 15th Sep 2011 17:20 in reply to "Nothing To See Here"
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Microsoft just announced that their new flagship OS won't ship with Flash and they don't recommend it.

Microsoft (the guys who control 90+% of the desktop) are saying 'don't use Flash'.

That's a HUGE deal.

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RE[2]: Nothing To See Here
by MollyC on Thu 15th Sep 2011 19:40 in reply to "RE: Nothing To See Here"
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Windows doesn't ship with Flash anyway.
OEMs may install it on their hardware, but Flash isn't a part of Windows.

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