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Microsoft: Update to Enable Flash as Default on Windows 8/RT Coming Today

March 12, 2013 3 Comments

When Microsoft launched Windows 8 and Windows RT late last year, one confusing point was that Flash would run on both OS’s but only the most popular, most used flash enabled websites would work on Microsoft’s immersive (metro, modern) browser. On top of that confusion, on Windows RT, Flash would work the same way in IE10 on desktop mode as well.

Finally, Microsoft has changed course and announced that Flash would be enabled for all websites by default on all Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Even better, this also goes for Microsoft’s immersive browser on RT as well.

Via an IE update later today, Microsoft will enable all Flash sites for both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.


As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins.


You can read more about it here




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  • http://twitter.com/itangel72 itangel72

    I understand Microsoft’s decision to enable all flash sites. I’m just wondering if user demand should out weigh the potential security risks. Windows is pretty well protected but the risk is still there. There’s security software built in, or for download or purchase and installed. I think, instead of just opening all sites, there should be an option that pops up, when opening a site or page that is not on the approved list, to either allow the flash to run or not. In addition, there should be an option to allow once or always. I can see in the near future a user going to a website running flash and then complaining because their applications, websites, internet, or pc is running slow or not at all. They are going to blame the Internet Provider, PC Manufacturer, Windows, or Internet Explorer (Microsoft) or the place they bought the device, for the issue, not the fact that some one sent a junk email with some flash hack or created a website with a flash hack. Which in rare cases the security software couldn’t catch.

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