Windows 8 metro browser will be plug-in free.
This falls in line with them moving to HTML5 for their apps but I'm finding this interesting from a standpoint of another major software maker choosing to not support Flash. Flash seems to have been the big buzz word for Android, RIM and HP but I guess Microsoft is really looking to not get caught up in that.
Microsoft really needs to figure out its message about Windows 8 and Metro. To me, I have been trying to think of Windows 8 (both desktop and metro) and Microsofts next desktop OS. The little I have heard about message, has been Microsoft saying that, "it is all Windows." Metro and the desktop don't have a real separation for them, it is all the next version of Windows.
However, in trying to think of it like, that it is crazy to me that they would do this Metro IE version, and a separate desktop IE version. This single operating system now has 2 different browsers that are called the same thing, but have completely different capabilities? That is just so crazy to me, and is obviously going to be SO confusing to average people that just try to use the first web browser they see, then cant view any flash pages or content.
If Microsoft wants Metro to be something real, they need to start treating it like a real OS in itself. Make it so that I can spend all my time in Metro if I want, then choose to go into the desktop environment when I want. No two version of IE, or control panel, or anything else. And no more arbitrary limitations to Metro that make it feel more like an iPad when you are putting on a core i7 machine.
But now it seems to arbitrarily force you to switch back and forth between the two by doing things like having two different versions of IE, and control panel, and the replacing the start button with Metro itself.
From the Metro standpoint I don't think a consumer will go between them much because I'm sure MS will have baked in a tile for taking the user direct to Office 365 for word processing, excel, etc. I don't envision most consumers coming out of the Metro environment often.