The transition to a plug-in free Web is happening today. Any site that uses plug-ins
needs to understand what their customers experience when browsing plug-in free.
Lots of Web browsing today happens on devices that simply don’t support plug-ins.
Even browsers that do support plug-ins offer many ways to run plug-in free.
Metro style IE runs plug-in free to improve battery life as well as security, reliability,
and privacy for consumers.
Previously, we wrote about how we use IE’s Compatibility View List to make
sure sites that have a plug-in free experience for other browsers provide that same
experience to IE10 users. This post describes a way for sites that continue to rely
on plug-ins to provide consumers browsing with Metro style IE the best possible
Developers with sites that need plug-ins can use an HTTP header or meta tag to signal
Metro style Internet Explorer to prompt the user.
Metro style IE10 detects these flags, and provides the consumer a one-touch option
to switch to IE10 on the desktop:
In addition to respecting these X-UA-Compatible flags specified by the
developer, the Compatibility View List can also specify a site that needs to run
in the desktop.
This mechanism provides a short-term mitigation. The desktop browsing experience
and most plug-ins were not designed for smaller screens, battery constraints, and
no mouse. Providing an easy way to the Windows desktop is the last resort when no
comparable plug-in free fallback content exists.
A plug-in free Web benefits consumers and developers and we all take part in the
transition. IE10 makes it easy to provide the best possible experience while you
migrate your site.
—John Hrvatin, Program Manager Lead, Internet Explorer