Greg Keizer, reporting for ComputerWorld:

Microsoft will not support browser plug-ins, including Adobe’s Flash, in one of the two versions of Internet Explorer to be bundled with Windows 8, a company executive said today.

As he explained Microsoft’s reasoning, Dean Hachamovitch, the executive who leads the IE team, used some deja vu, echoing motives cited by Apple’s then-CEO Steve Jobs more than a year ago.

Microsoft’s plan to roll two distinct operating systems into one package (Metro for touch and traditional Windows for mouse and keyboard) is a curious one, but the bottom line is clear: Flash is facing an increasingly marginalized existence.

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