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Microsoft clarifies its stand on IE9 Flash

Alex Christie

4 May 2010

Microsoft got some bad publicity last week due to its stand on IE9 and Flash support. On Thursday last week, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of Internet Explorer, published a blog post noting that “the future of the web is HTML5″, citing its performance and hardware support. This caused a stir of comments and news stories with people stating that Microsoft is following Apple’s lead in dropping support for Flash.

IE9 logo

IE9 logo

However Dean Hachamovitch responded by saying IE9 will follow IE7 and IE8′s lead in supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in.

“Of course, IE9 will continue to support Flash and other plug-ins. Developers who want to use the same markup today across different browsers rely on plug-ins,” he said.

He also stated that plug-ins are important for delivering innovation and functionality ahead of the standards process. The comments come as speculation mounts that Apple may face an antitrust investigation for banning apps developing in Flash from the iPhone and iPad.

Another point to take note of is that with the EU browser screen rule Microsoft had to implement, fewer PCs will have IE as their default browser on the machine and opens up choice for users to select from a number of browsers, which means users will start thinking of IE as their last resort for a browser.

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