Microsoft ditches Adobe Flash on Windows 8-powered tablets

After getting squeezed out of the iPhone and iPad world, Adobe Flash is getting smacked in the face, again. Microsoft's declared that the Metro (read: tablet) version of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will be a "plug-in free" browser. Instead, Microsoft will back HTML5 for its browser. Sorry, Adobe.

Desktop versions of Internet Explorer 10 will still support plug-ins, Microsoft's President of Windows, Steven Sinofsky said. To put it bluntly, Sinofsky says that running plug-ins such as Flash on the tablet version of Internet Explorer 10 "is not a good match with Metro-style browsing in the modern HTML5 web."

Ex-Apple CEO, Steve Jobs was a huge proponent against Flash use on mobile devices, on account that it sucks up battery life and slows down the user entire experience. Despite, his grand support of HTML5, Android and RIM pressed forward with porting Flash over to smartphones and tablets.

Needless to say, Android's first major tablet, the Motorola Xoom and RIM's PlayBook tablet are on their deathbeds.

Writing on the MSDN blog, Sinofsky shares the same sentiment as Jobs on plug-ins, which is basically fingering Flash:

Running Metro style IE plug-in free improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers. Plug-ins were important early on in the web's history. But the web has come a long way since then with HTML5. Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style UI. 

Don't worry, like Sinofsky said, plug-ins will still live on desktop versions of Internet Explorer, but this is truly a sign of things to come for Flash — it's days are numbered. It's a good thing Adobe has Edge — its own set of HTML5 development tools.

MSDN, via AppleInsider

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