Microsoft Updates Surface RT Firmware, Changes IE10 Flash

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Microsoft released an update to the Surface RT’s firmware today; along with some minor tweaks intended to improve Wi-Fi performance, they also changed the implementation of Flash in the Metro interface of Internet Explorer 10.  Read on for details.

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Microsoft released an update to the Surface RT’s firmware today; along with some minor tweaks intended to improve Wi-Fi performance, they also changed the implementation of Flash in the Metro interface of Internet Explorer 10.  Here is a screen shot of the updates from my Surface RT:

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The major change delivered is part of Microsoft’s decision to now allow Flash in the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 by default.  When RT shipped, IE10 only allowed Flash for websites that Microsoft had whitelisted.  Now, Microsoft only maintains a blacklist of unallowed sites, and today’s update was necessary in order to implement that fix.  Now, the great majority of Flash-enabled websites should work with IE10.

If you have a Microsoft Surface With Windows RT, go ahead and install this update, and enjoy the enhanced Flash experience!