Microsoft Dropping Flash Support in IE10

Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This is really another win for Apple. If it wasn’t for them being so anti-Flash this wouldn’t be happening! Not yet at least, maybe in the future but not this fast. Steven Sinofsky from Microsoft says “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. When serving ads in the absence of plug-ins, most sites already perform the equivalent of this fallback, showing that this approach is practical and scalable.”

I (also Nick) used to be a huge Flash nerd, not so much anymore. As much as this really suck for Adobe, I feel that they let this happen to themselves. Apple as well as other have all said that Flash was not that secure and a big resource hog. Microsoft is saying that the big websites that use Flash (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) already have HTML5 video players. What’s funny is that those are used as fall back players but only for anyone using a modern browser and guess what, Internet Explorer isn’t in that group, yet.

I’m really digging IE9 and am very excited for the new Metro UI. The next thing they need to do is not allow toolbars in IE. You know what I mean if you’ve seen your parents computer and their IE has 4 search engine toolbars with smileys everywhere…

UPDATE: The aforementioned plug-ins will actually be disabled in the Metro browser (for the tablet-side interface to conserve battery in slates), but will still be active in the desktop version of Internet Explorer 10. We apologize for the confusion.

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