Windows 8 release date will see Adobe Flash integration in Internet Explorer 10 - but it'll only work on selected sites, according to reports
Adobe Flash will supposedly feature as a component of Metro Internet Explorer 10 in Microsoft’s upcoming desktop OS Windows 8.
That’s according to Windows bloggers Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera.
The software giant will reportedly build Flash capability into the touch-centric browser, however, it won’t be rolled out for use on all sites – just selected ones, PC Advisor reports.
It was previously believed the tenth-generation Microsoft browser will solely rely on web-standard tech, but the company is thought to have reconsidered Adobe's software for its upcoming operating system (OS), as a vast proportion of online ads and video content are still Flash-based.
However, Dean Hachamovitch, who heads up Microsoft’s IE team, believes the feature won’t overwhelm the browser, but is simply there to support content that doesn’t run on HTML5.
“Many of the 62% of these sites that currently use Adobe Flash already fall back to HTML5 video in the absence of plug-in support.”
The corporation stated in September that the upcoming Internet Explorer would be “HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free.”
According to tech site TrustedReviews, Adobe supplied Microsoft with the Flash source code in order to keep IE 10’s policy of snubbing third-party plug-ins in order.
Windows 8: Features
Alongside the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was the announcement of a few new features.
First up is the brand-spanking new Metro UI, Microsoft's interface for Windows 8. The implementation means the OS can be rolled onto tablets as well as desktop PCs.
Featuring the same tile-based layout as Windows Phone, the company's mobile operating system, the Metro UI favours simplicity over anything else, with users given easy access their most used apps and programs.
Another exciting feature is the launch of the Windows Store, a dedicated virtual shop for finding apps that can be used with Windows 8 and the Metro UI.
There will also be seamless cloud synchronisation between Windows 8 devices for those with a Windows Phone handset. According to reports, this function will simplify SkyDrive, Windows Live's filehosting service.
Of course it wouldn't be Windows without Internet Explorer, and sure enough along with the Consumer Preview, there is a platform preview of Internet Explorer 10.
In terms of an official release date, we can expect Windows 8 to land some time in October, according to Janelle Poole, Director of Windows PR.
She said: "One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we've always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7.
So I think that's a good guideline to consider."