Microsoft Windows 8 to ditch Flash support

Internet Explorer development boss reveals reasons why...

First it was revealed that Flash would be disappearing from mobiles and now it looks as though Microsoft is to join Apple in avoiding Flash in favour of HTML5

Microsoft has confirmed that it will be dropping Adobe Flash support from its tablet version of Windows 8. This means that anyone using the Metro user interface will not have Flash support in the browser.

Talking in a blog post Internet Explorer development head Dean Hachamovitch explained why Flash was no longer a realistic option.

“Plug-ins were important early on in the web’s history. But the web has come a long way since then with HTML5.”

“Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style UI. “

What this means for the consumer is that for those using the Metro UI on Windows 8 there will be no Flash support, however Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to support Flash on the Desktop version of Windows 8.

Is this the last nail in the coffin for Flash or does it still have life in it yet? Let us know what you think via the comments box below…

Source: BBC News