Flash Support on Windows 8 and Metro

We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash. In addition, we expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today, including the recent number one paid app for the iPad on the Apple App Store, Machinarium, which is built using Flash tools and deployed on the Web using Flash Player and through app stores as a standalone app.

Adobe is about enabling content publishers and developers to deliver the richest experiences for their users, independent of technology, including HTML5 and Flash. We are working closely with Microsoft, Google, Apple and others in the HTML community to drive innovation in HTML5, to make it as rich as possible for delivering world-class content on the open Web and through App Stores.

We are excited about the innovation and opportunities that are available to our customers and Adobe as the web and platforms evolve across devices, including Windows 8 and Metro.

UPDATED: 9/15/11

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19 thoughts on “Flash Support on Windows 8 and Metro

  1. It would be really great if you would partner with them to include the latest AIR runtime in the shipping devices. I guess we could always choose captive runtime in AIR 3 but it’s nice to have lighter weight downloads.

  2. Machinarium, the game I didn’t buy because its description page says it’s too slow on my iPad 1 ? Are you sure you want to promote Flash with that ?
    The future of Flash as a plug-in seems uncertain, so I hope Flash the authoring tool will soon be the best tool for building HTML5 websites, even if it’s not absolutely ready yet.

  3. Well I wonder how much better the Windows 8 OS will be as I do think that the Windows 7 OS is fantastic and we are switching over our Windows XP Pro on the work computers to Windows 7. Let see if the OS. Not to sure if they will compete with the new Mac though as Mac have focused on Graphic programs and designing where as Microsoft have always been fundementaly used as a data service running software for business uses,


  4. I have a math reference (http://www.mathopenref.com) site that is widely used in schools which has many animations that use Flash. They are the product of years of development work, but are now being orphaned along with countless other educational web sites.

    It was bad enough that Apple banned Flash on the iPad, but we all thought that Microsoft would stick to their traditional positioning of never abandoning legacy applications until something new had completely replaced it. No such luck!

    HTML5 is not an option in education yet. Roughly half of my customer base is still on Windows XP, and the IE that supports HTML5 will not run on those. Schools dont have the resources to upgrade all that hardware overnight.

    So I am faced with switching to HTML5 and losing half my customers, or not run at all on the tablets. Even if I did switch, it would be a huge amount of work to rewrite the legacy applets for no real reason. They will look just as they do now and developemnt of new content would have to stop to free resources for the massive rewrite.

    Microsoft has made a large error with this strategy, and Adobe does not seem to be offering much leadership in changing thier minds.

    HTML5 may be the future, but Microsoft has always shown good manners in sustaining legacy applications (witness DOS). They blew it this time.

  5. In light of this positive spin about Win 8 in this article, I view it as an absolute abomination and a step in the wrong direction for all consumers. I’m hoping its popularity will make Windows Bob look like a smash hit — so dead out of the gate.

    I’m just grateful Android has exploded to the point of trumping other locked down OSs and with the news that Google is working closely with Intel to ensure that all future builds of Android OS work on the x86 architecture, I hope Adobe will provide greater support for that platform and others that stil believe in user choice.

  6. @Chris

    “I hope Adobe will provide greater support for that platform and others that stil believe in user choice.”

    Couldn’t have put it better…

  7. After more than two years of heavy work with Adobe Flex (Flash for Professional Apps) for an enterprise project, I can tell how dirty is the framework and of course the performance issues coming along with flash player!

    At first look, the framework looks good, but more you dig and go deeper, more you find all the non-sens stuff and the poor quality of the product (Framework, Documentation, Non open source parts, run-time resource consuming). Also, now a day, it’s just intolerable to have a virtual machine (Flash VM) that doesn’t provide any threading capabilities where the client’s hardware are multi-core/processor!!!

    So, I do understand Microsoft reasons to avoid such hungry product running on their new system (just like Apple did before), especially whenever a maybe young but open and standard alternative is growing so (aka HTML5).

    As a customer and project leader on this technology, what I now expect from you ADOBE, is more than just an AIR platform and a more long term viable solution. You better find a way to export Flex applications as HTML5 in order embracing the whole market rather than just find another dirty workaround.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to see the product evolve in the right direction to continue to work with.

  8. Internet Explorer isn’t the best browser anyway. As long as Flash Player comes with Google Chrome there’s nothing to fear. Flash Player 11 will destroy the competition.

  9. OEIL… Oh really? I have also been developing with Flex for years now and Flash since 1999. I have project managed and developed fully functional apps using Caringorm, Mate, etc; Our latest development is even using a mesh between the two stated above on a full LMS for hospitols. Flex is very clean. What would be your alternative? HTML5? Really? And use JavaScript I suppose. No OOP. No Intellisense. No code jumping, completion. Flex is far superior to develop in when compared to HTML5 and or JQuery. Good luck using Firebug debugging. The Flash VM is not that bad. And if you really think there are that many problems then you really don’t know how to code in Flex ans AS3. And as far as speed AS3 against JavaScript goes I will put AS3 up against JS any day. If your going to complain about Flex and AS3 then at least provide a viable alternative…

  10. Adobe,

    Why have you been so silent about Pandora, where is your thoughtful response to Pandora’s dropping of Flash. As I look at Pandora now it looks and works so much better, and I am a huge flash fan, developer and promoter. My site is nothing but flash!

    Also, where is your leadership on MS 8 IE not supporting Flash. I know there is not much you can do about it but is MS right? Is flash a part of history. Do I need to burn all of my 20 some odd books on flash oop, flash cookbooks, flash design pattern, etc and focus more on HTML5?

    I have read countless articles on this subject and each time I conclude that Flash a far more advanced platform than HTML5 but the world seems do be saying otherwise, in droves! Is this the whole Betamax vs. VHS all over again?


  11. I like Windows 7. Generally, if one version of windows is good, then the next is not, vice versa.

    But this time, I am pretty sure that Windows 8 will be very good!

    Lets wait and see…