Microsoft to enable Flash by default in Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft has rolled out an Internet Explorer 10 update for Windows 8 and Windows RT that enables the browser on both of the platforms to display more Flash content by default.

Previously, the browser's compatibility with Flash was limited to a few websites approved by Microsoft. But with the new update, the Windows 8 and RT versions of Internet Explorer 10 will start offering users better access to Flash content.

The company confirmed that while the Windows 8 desktop version of the browser will start offering support for all Flash content, the versions built for Windows RT's desktop and "Modern" interface will display most, but not all, of it. Just four per cent of websites with Flash content are likely to be blacklisted on both these versions.

"As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life," Microsoft said in a blog post.

"With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins," it added.

The company has also made available a developer guidance document for those who find their websites blocked on IE 10 for Windows RT after this latest update.