Friday, September 16, 2011

Windows 8 IE 10 will be plugin free, HTML Enabled, no Flash

Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, wrote on his MSDN blog that Internet Explorer 10 which is to be bundled with upcoming Metro Windows 8 will be free from plugin. This is to say there will be no support of Adobe Flash and the Metro IE 10 will be HTML 5 enabled.

One of the first things a lot of folks will try after installing the developer preview of Windows 8 will be the IE10 browser—the most used tool in Windows. IE 10 in the preview is Platform Preview 3 of IE 10. You can read on the IE blog about the HTML 5 engine work we’re doing. This post is about a big change in Metro style IE, which is the plug-in free experience. In Windows 8, IE 10 is available as a Metro style app and as a desktop app. The desktop app continues to fully support all plug-ins and extensions. The HTML5 and script engines are identical and you can easily switch between the different frame windows if you’d like. Metro style IE provides all the main navigation keyboard shortcuts and mouse support you’ve come to expect—creating tabs, moving between tabs, closing tabs, entering addresses, searching, and more. I’m using this browser full–time, and given the amount of time I spend in Windows Phone, the same experience and use of touch is definitely a plus. But you can decide on what works best for you, and not compromise. Dean Hachamovitch, who leads the IE team, wrote this post.

» Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 | Building Windows 8

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