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Windows 8 release date, rumours, news and all you need to know about the completely revamped upcoming OS from Microsoft

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is essentially just a taster of Windows 8 which will be releasing later this year and gives users to try just a few of the features that will be available on Microsoft’s latest OS.

 

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview has now reached 1 million downloads thanks, in part, to the large presentation that Microsoft gave to punters during MWC 2012.

Showing off more of the Metro UI Microsoft were able to give users a clearer picture of how the UI would integrate with the Windows desktop we’ve been using since Windows 95.

Late last year Microsoft also revealed the bold decision to not support Flash for its Windows 8 Tablet version.

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.

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