Windows 8 on ARM will not support any plugins


Hot on the heels of last week's news about Windows 8 is a little strange bit of information from an interview that Windows President Steven Sinofsky gave this week. Unlike the x86 version of Windows 8, which will support Flash and other plugins on the traditional Windows desktop, ARM devices simply won't support any plugins on either the Metro UI or the traditional desktop.

Sinofsky stated that the fact that mobile devices are moving away from Flash made it easier for the Windows team to decide to block all plugins for ARM devices. He did want to make it crystal clear, however, that devices running on x86 processors will still have access to the many plugins available for Windows, but only on the desktop side; that is, not Metro.

The Windows President also wanted to clarify that the traditional desktop on Windows on ARM will only support built-in Windows apps and the Office suite of programs. Besides that? "There are no other compiled desktop apps that are available," Sinofsky corroborated.

I have heard a lot of people say that they will simply be skipping Windows 8. I think I'm starting to see why. 

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