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Windows 8’s Flash whitelist goes black

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    Windows 8’s Flash whitelist goes black


    Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT contains an embedded version of Flash, updated through Windows Update. However, not all Flash sites can actually use this embedded Flash. On Windows 8, the Metro version of Internet Explorer can only use Flash on a list of sites that Microsoft authorizes. Only the desktop version has full unfettered Flash access. On Windows RT, both Metro and desktop Internet Explorer use the whitelist.

    That's going to change tomorrow when the list will change from a whitelist to a blacklist. Flash will work on every site except a selection that Microsoft is explicitly blocking due to known incompatibilities with touch. Desktop Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will continue to be unrestricted.

    Read more at source:
    Windows 8’s Flash whitelist goes black, turns on Flash almost everywhere | Ars Technica
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Mar 2013 at 22:26. Reason: Fixed format to meet "News" posting guidelines

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    That's good. I don't like having decisions like this made for me, I prefer to make them myself. I'm
    quite capable of dealing with any consequences.

    Wenda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    That's good. I don't like having decisions like this made for me, I prefer to make them myself. I'm
    quite capable of dealing with any consequences.

    Wenda.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    Any idea if this update will fix the well know VIDEO problem (or inability to play video in IE 10) when using W2012 server.

    Although IE on a server often isn't a requirement there are times when it's convenient. Currently IE10 won't play embedded video from a website when using W2012 server (In Desktop mode of course). Note W2012 can operate in basic command mode - no metro or any GUI which is quite OK for a server - but you CAN enable at install time the "Desktop experience" to get a very similar GUI to W8 -- and it's in the desktop that IE fails with video from a web site.

    (Metro also exists - but whoever thought of having Metro on a SERVER must IMO have been STARK RAVING BONKERS).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hi there
    That's OK for IE10 on W8 but it still doesn't address the problem on W2012 server -- the version of IE10 shipped with W2012 either has incompatible flash or it won't install as the software will say "Flash player is already up to date".

    A while ago I started a thread on Video in W2012 server -- it still doesn't work BTW.

    IE10 Windows 2012 server -- No video possible (Sound OK)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thus begins the Big Redmond Windows 8 re-think, with a Flash U-turn...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hi there
    That's OK for IE10 on W8 but it still doesn't address the problem on W2012 server -- the version of IE10 shipped with W2012 either has incompatible flash or it won't install as the software will say "Flash player is already up to date".

    A while ago I started a thread on Video in W2012 server -- it still doesn't work BTW.

    IE10 Windows 2012 server -- No video possible (Sound OK)

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Some possible solutions for this problem, last 5 or posts at the bottom of the page. This is about the only thread I can find on the subject.
    Adobe Flash v11.3.370.178 not properly working in Server 2012 RP?
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    I don't think I've ever come across Flash player issues so far, I guess I don't peruse certain Flash based sites..... that don't render in immersive IE... If you know what I mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I don't think I've ever come across Flash player issues so far, I guess I don't peruse certain Flash based sites..... that don't render in immersive IE... If you know what I mean.
    My company makes apps that rely on the flash player. We had to apply to get included in the whitelist, which we got approved and added to about 1 week ago. Now, it doesn't matter and everything works unless MS blacklisted you.

    That was a fun exercise in paperwork.
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