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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I'm a bit confused here - has Flash (or Silverlight for that matter) ever actually shipped with Windows? Maybe some OEM installs put it in, but I think the retail versions of Windows haven't had as far as I know. Perhaps the change here is that MS is actively discouraging OEMs from pre-installing Flash - it's not very clear to me at all.

There's probably nothing stopping Adobe releasing Flash for Windows 8 (maybe the current Flash works with Windows 8 already?), but I presume that any Microsoft products for Windows 8 will not use Flash (again, the question is how many current MS products come with specific Flash support [other than generic plug-in support in IE of course]? Probably close to zero).

It would be useful if MS clarified their position on Flash further, particularly w.r.t. OEM Windows installs and MS apps. I can't see IE 10 dropping the ability to install a Flash plugin for example, because then no plugins would be installable in IE 10 at all!

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