IE10 for both Windows 8 Pro & RT will have Flash enabled by default 3/12

Good news for all Internet Explorer 10 users! Flash content viewed within the Modern UI version of Microsoft’s browser will now be automatically enabled! Microsoft will update Internet Explorer 10 to all Windows 8 users – including Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro. The Internet Explorer team has concluded after a long period of tests that “the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life.”

The Modern UI version of Internet Explorer 10 for all versions of Windows 8 will show all Flash content except those which are blocked through a CV (Compatibility View) list after the update. Although IE10 for desktop on Windows 8 Pro will continue to show all sites with Flash, IE10 for desktop on Windows 8 RT will still be blocking some sites from the CV list. The CV list is made up of a small number of websites that have been marked as content not ready for the Windows experience.

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While making the announcement, Microsoft said, “As a practical matter, the primary device you walk around with should give you access to all the Web content on the sites you rely on. Otherwise, the device is just a companion to a PC.” With this statement, Microsoft apparently takes a dig at the iPad, lacking support for flash.

The Company further added, “”Flash in IE10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT provides a bridge for existing sites to transition to HTML5 technologies where it makes sense and at a pace that is right for the experiences they want to deliver to their customers.”

This update will come to all Windows 8 systems by March 12th, 2013. Internet Explorer will then show most Flash content as default.

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Lee Whittington is a Tech Reporter and a Developer with the TWC Team. He has been writing for TWCN for several years and has also developed several freeware apps for The Windows Club, most of which have been very popular worldwide.