Microsoft revealed this week that Internet Explorer 10 Metro will not support browser based plug-ins.
“For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free,” revealed Internet Explorer chief Dean Hachamovitch, in a blog post earlier this week. Microsoft is removing the ability to use plug-ins on the Metro style IE version of Windows 8 to improve security, reliability and battery life for end users. “Plug-ins were important early on in the web’s history,” admits Hachamovitch. “The web has come a long way since then with HTML5.”
Microsoft feels that the web is progressing well with HTML5 towards a plug-in free experience. Google recently launched HTML5 YouTube for mobile devices and 62% of the top 97,000 sites worldwide currently use HTML5 video when Adobe Flash isn’t available. Windows 8 will still support plug-in browsing using the standard version of Internet Explorer outside of the Metro interface.
Adobe was quick to respond to Microsoft’s removal. “We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come and that it will support Flash just fine,” said Danny Winokur, Adobe’s platform general manager, in a blog post on Wednesday. Adobe hopes to bring flash content to the Metro interface using the company’s AIR product. “We expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today,” said Winokur. Adobe also revealed they are working closely with Microsoft, Google and Apple to drive innovation in HTML5. “We are excited about the innovation and opportunities that are available to our customers and Adobe as the web and platforms evolve across devices, including Windows 8 and Metro,” added Winokur.