Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8/RT to run Flash by default starting Tuesday

Microsoft announced several months ago that it worked with Adobe to put in Flash support for Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and RT without the need to download and install an external plug-in. However, the Flash feature did not run by default in IE10. Starting on Tuesday, that will change.

In a post today on the IE blog, Microsoft announced than an automatic update for IE10 for Windows 8 and RT will enable Flash by default for the first time starting tomorrow. This change was made due to Microsoft's determination that the vast majority of websites that used Flash would be compatible with IE10 on Windows 8/RT in terms of their touch-based experience along with how the sites affected the performance and battery life of Windows 8 devices.

Previously, Microsoft set up an IE10 Compatibility View list of websites that the company felt could run IE10 well on Windows 8 and RT. Today, Microsoft stated:

Of the thousands of domains tested for Flash compatibility to date, we have found fewer than 4% are still incompatible, in the most part because the core site experience requires other ActiveX controls in addition to Flash. With Windows 8 in the hands of customers and developers, we listened to feedback around the experience of Web sites with Flash.

The desktop version of IE10 on Windows 8 has always been compatible with all Flash-based sites. The desktop version of IE10 on Windows RT will still have Flash enabled unless it comes across a site that violates Microsoft's Compatibility View list.

Source: IE blog | Image via Microsoft

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The updates are now live! Not only the Flash update, but updates to Office 2013 as well, and depending on the system, updates to Windows RT/8.

So this effectively renders the tool made by our neowin member obsolete then?


Still good work on the guy for creating the batch file to add sites to whitelist.

Will MS finally fix this stupid/annoying bug: Pinned Favorites in IE10 unpinned when switching Flash video to full screen

TheDisneyMagic said,
Great news to hear, I hope they keep to their word and keep the built in Flash Player up to date.

They have, the latest update released with patch Tuesday updated it to 11.6.

siah1214 said,
Oh thank GOD!
This is awesome!

indeed, that is fantastic!
this should really boost Windows RT tablets sales!

Lack of full Flash Player was the only thing preventing me from recommending Windows RT tablets as primary computer replacement.

With the ability to browse almost any website, WindowsRT devices have just gone from companion devices to primary computers that should fulfill most people's needs!

I was about to buy an Atom tablet for my mother, but this news made me change my mind, and I'm going to offer her a Dell XPS10 tablet running WindowsRT so that she won't have to worry about malwares.

Only makes sense. Enable all sites, block the ones that seems problematic (if you so want to block them)