updated 09:20 am EDT, Thu September 15, 2011
Sites that rely on plugins will get work-around
Dean Hachamovithch, Microsoft's Internet Explorer team leader stated in a blog post that the Metro-style version of Internet Explorer 10 will not support Flash or other plugins and will rely on HTML5. Hachamovithch said running Metro style IE plugin free would have advantages for consumers, including improved battery life, enhanced security and privacy, and greater stability. Steve Jobs, chairman of Apple, listed many of the of these same reasons for his decision early on to not support Flash in iOS.
IE 10 will be available as both a Metro-style app and as a desktop app in Windows 8. The Metro-style app will give users the ability to switch to the desktop version with a single mouse click.
Steven Sinofsky, president, Windows and Windows Live Division, underscored the magnitude of the change by calling the browser the "most-used tool in Windows."
IE 10 will support sites that were designed for older browsers or require plugins by forcing the browser into compatibiilty mode, which mimics older versions of Internet Explorer. The list of websites that still require legacy plugins or compatibility mode includes monster.com, Bank of America, Sports Illustrated, Slashgear and Mashable, among others.