Microsoft is set to release a Flash-free version of Internet Explorer 10 that will ship with the tablet based 'Metro style' iteration of Windows 8.

The plan is, according to Microsoft's building Windows 8 blog, to create a "plug in free" experience on tablets. Internet Explorer 10 will exist in two separate forms, either a Metro style app or desktop app, presumably hinting at the direction Microsoft will be taking with the majority of its new applications. 

Desktop based versions will support all extensions and plugins but the tablet iteration will be "as HTML5 as possible". According to Microsoft the experience you get with Flash just doesn't suit tablet browsing.

Internet Explorer Team Leader Dean Hachamovitch explained that the decision to go HTML5-only also leads to better battery life and increased security, privacy and reliability.

"Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style UI." Hachamovitch said. 

Need Flash? Or you not bothered?

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.