Wall to wall news about Windows 8 from Microsoft means we overlook some interesting details in the infodump. Potentially distressing? Dropping support for plugins in the Metro-based IE10. No Flash, no Silverlight, no PDF readers.
It appears Microsoft plans for HTML5 to do all the heavy lifting for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer. But has any operating system shipped configured exactly the way customers need it? Large companies spend thousands of hours setting and maintaining their corporate standards. Personalization of their computing experience seems a fundamental right to many users.
Could be the plan is for apps to take the place of plug-ins. Do you think you’ll feel comfortable in 18 months downloading apps to your desktop to function the way you need? Or is this a plan to charge everyone $.99 tomorrow for what we get free with plug-ins today?