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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Lousewort
Member since:
2006-09-12

What bugs me most, is that they appear to be "betting the farm" on the new Metro UI. Windows 8 discards win32 and all that implies in favor of Metro. To me, that's throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Its not even as if anything in Metro is truly innovative.

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Spiron Member since:
2011-03-08

When did anyone say anything about discarding win32?? The traditional desktop and API's are still there, you just might not be able to utilize them for the Metro UI.

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kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

If you look at Microsoft's latest stack diagrams you will see that WIn32 is no longer part of the modern stack - WinRT is not build on top of Win32 - and you can't use it to build all those apps Microsoft claims are 'the future'.

It's unclear if Win32 will even be supported on ARM in Windows 8 and it will certainly be an optional install going forward.

So Win32 is not dead yet but it's obituary has been written.

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