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Windows 8 metro browser will be plug-in free.

I did a search but didn't see anyone bring this up but Windows 8's metro browser will be completely plug-in free. blogs.msdn.com­/b­/b8­/archive­/2011­/09­/14­/metro­-style...

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.

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roberto

However, the browser on the desktop side will still support plug-ins like Flash. Seems really weird to me.
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andrewkalies

Agreed. I don't quite understand why they wouldn't add it to the Metro browser if it's in the regular desktop browser, but I'm sure they have their reasons for doing it, which hopefully they will elaborate on soon.
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DanJ

I think this is totally nuts.

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.
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frankspin

Well you have to remember a huge segment of Microsoft market is the enterprise. By allowing two desktops it makes it easier for enterprise environments to consider switching to Windows 8 since their is the traditional desktop below the Metro environment. If Microsoft went entirely Metro it would really make it hard for places to adopt Windows 8, just look at the Windows XP -> Vista/7 debacle where XP is now being supported until 2014. If Microsoft made two separate versions (Windows 8 and Metro) then it would just confuse the consumer.
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DanJ

I'm not saying microsoft should only have metro. I think that Metro and the desktop should both actually be complete. So if you want to stay in Metro you can, and if you want to stay in the desktop you can.

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.
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frankspin

By allowing both to work in conjunction it allows for legacy apps, office, to run without causing too much of a headache. Again consider this from an enterprise perspective as MS has to appeal to them and not just consumer.

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.
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timchoi89

Hmmm...I think if Microsoft does these kind of stuff, they'll really need to separate the Metro portion of Windows 8 from the desktop version of it. We can't have 2 different browsers in the same system. It doesn't make sense to have one fully featured browser and another one being limited. Seriously, what advantages would this Metro browser bring? Unless the Metro browser is used for a super fast booting splashtop OS, there's no point for this browser to even exist especially if Windows is going to have a fully featured desktop web browser.
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