Metro Style Internet Explorer 10 Will Be Plugin Free – No Flash or ActiveX

Posted by at 11:49 am on September 15, 2011

Dean Hachamovithch, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team leader stated in a blog post that the Metro-style version of Internet Explorer 10 will not support Flash or other plugins and will rely on HTML5. Hachamovithch said running Metro style IE plugin free would have advantages for consumers, including improved battery life, enhanced security and privacy, and greater stability. Steve Jobs listed many of the of these same reasons for his decision early on to not support Flash in iOS.

IE 10 will be available as both a Metro-style app and as a desktop app in Windows 8. The Metro-style app will give users the ability to switch to the desktop version with a single mouse click.

Steven Sinofsky, president, Windows and Windows Live Division, underscored the magnitude of the change by calling the browser the “most-used tool in Windows.”

IE 10 will support sites that were designed for older browsers or require plugins by forcing the browser into compatibility mode, which mimics older versions of Internet Explorer. The list of websites that still require legacy plugins or compatibility mode includes monster.com, Bank of America, Sports Illustrated, Slashgear and Mashable, among others.

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