Microsoft Corp. this week said the new Metro touch-interface of Windows 8 will not support plug-ins, including Adobe Inc.’s Flash technology.

In a blog post, the company said the Metro style Internet Explorer 10 is HTML 10 only and plug-in free.

However, consumers can still view Flash-enabled websites in the standard desktop interface of Windows 8.

In addition, users who visit a site that requires Flash or a plug-in will be prompted with a ‘Use Desktop View’ notification.

Microsoft plans to use the Windows 8 Metro interface in tablets, notebooks, and PCs to offer a user-friendly tile-based start page introduced in the Windows Phone OS.

The Metro UI will include touch-functionality for tablets in addition to traditional mouse and keyboard support.

New functionality includes widget icons that include updated information and the ability to pin and dock two programs in the same space.

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