Microsoft will enable Flash support by default in its Internet Explorer 10 web browser for Windows 8 and Windows RE as of tomorrow – at last!
Since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RE users have become frustrated at the lack of Flash support in the new web browser found in the Start menu. By contrast, the less futuristic desktop version works as normal with all types of Flash content, meaning that some users find themselves switching between the two or jumping to Chrome or Firefox just to to access certain websites.
Microsoft has just confirmed that it will bring an update to Internet Explorer 10 tomorrow that will by default enable Flash, meaning that users won’t need to consciously use the desktop version of IE or an alternative browser when they want to access something Flash based.
The two versions of IE in Windows 8 and RE are a source of confusion for those new to Windows 8, which is something we at Gadget Helpline experience on a daily basis. We’re sure that both browsers being fully functional when it comes to Flash will go some way to alleviating any confusion or annoyance with the two.
If you’ve ever wondered why the new version of IE didn’t include Flash, Microsoft says it was to improve performance, battery life on laptops and tablets and also touch operation. Some Flash-based websites do work fine in IE10, but it seems that Microsoft determines which do and which don’t in order to make sure everything runs smoothly.
All of that will change tomorrow as the update rolls out, although Microsoft hasn’t confirmed whether it will be an ‘all in one go’ affair or a staggered process. The best thing to do is to check for updates through the Store app found in the Start screen of your Windows 8 or RE device tomorrow.