Internet Explorer “RT” changes its policy towards Flash content tomorrow…

Starting with tomorrow’s Patch Tuesday updates, Internet Explorer in Windows 8 `metro’ version and Windows RT will now allow all sites to play Adobe Flash content, except for a new “Blacklist”. This is a complete reversal from the original whitelist approach that was in effect until tomorrow’s updates. What this means is that now most sites will be able to play Flash content, unless the site is Blacklisted and placed in the new updated Compatibility view list. What this update will do is actually enable Windows RT and Surface users to be able to access many sites that they have not been able to access in the past (without hacking the Compatibility List). Most likely, the reason for this change is that Microsoft has received many complaints from developers who may have been negatively affected by the Whitelist, and have been complaining to Microsoft that the old method was perhaps confusing to users, or just took too much effort to get Microsoft to whitelist their sites in order to allow tablet users to access Flash content on their devices.

This will mostly leave only Apple’s Ipad and Iphone users in the remaining frustrated users who cannot access the still largely popular Flash content enabled sites. Android users are able to get Flash content on their devices if they are technically adept and have found ways to install Adobe Flash on their Android devices. (Android discontinued Flash player many months ago, but there are still old downloads available of the now defunct Flash player for Android.