Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8/RT to run Flash by default beginning March 12th

Zac Bowden

The Flash support for IE10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT isn’t the best, while it’s nice to have it integrated, the plugin didn’t run automatically. Starting on the 12th, Flash in IE10 will run by default, which is great news.


An update, which will be released by Microsoft via Windows Update tomorrow will allows IE10 to run Flash by default for the first time since the product launched. This change is happening as Microsoft thinks IE10 now supports most popular Flash sites which support touch. “As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins,” Microsoft explained in an official blog post.

This update does not apply to the desktop version of IE10 on Windows 8, as it has always supported Flash from day one. This update is only for the Metro side of things. As for Windows RT, this update affects both the desktop and metro version of Internet Explorer 10, allowing for Flash to run by default.