Windows 8 is bringing a very tablet-y Metro interface to machines next year, and it looks like they’re following in the footsteps of other tablet manufacturers in excluding Flash from their browser.
Microsoft says that “to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free”. That means that if you launch the browser from the Metro start screen, you won’t be able to use Flash or other plug-ins on any of your sites. However, if you launch it from the traditional desktop, you’ll still have your Flash. You can read more about Microsoft’s decision at their blog, linked below.
What do you guys think? Do you think this is a good compromise, since you have a battery-friendly, plugin-free version of IE available and have the desktop to fall back on? Or do you think this is just going to become one of your bigger Windows 8 annoyances? Let us know in the comments.
Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 [Building Windows 8]