IE10 Metro will have Flash… but only for approved sites

Internet Explorer 10 will continue to support Flash in the Metro UI of Windows 8, despite Microsoft ditching plug-ins from its next-generation OS, according to reports.

IE10 Metro will have Flash... but only for approved sites

Last year, Microsoft said the Metro UI in Windows 8 would not support third-party plugins, such as Adobe’s Flash, instead choosing to favour HTML5.

While Microsoft won’t be removing the plugin ban, reports suggest the Metro version of IE10 will have Flash built in to the browser, as Microsoft looks to balance usability with battery life and security.

“This move, while initially surprising, is entirely in keeping with Microsoft’s long-standing commitments to backwards compatibility,” noted Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott in the WithinWindows blog.

However, according to a report from Ars Technica, the integrated Flash will only work with a whitelist of sites, such as CNN and the BBC. For sites not on Microsoft’s list, users will have to turn to the desktop browser, which will still support standard Flash.

The site’s sources suggested Windows RT will also include Flash support.

Microsoft and Adobe have yet to get back to us with requests for confirmation.

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