@DeathByVisualStudio:No This is the worst possible outcome.
Obviously I want Flash in my browser so the web isn't broken but I'm as keen for Flash to die as any man. Now, when flash does die, I won't be able to get rid of that security-hole-ridden browser-crashing PoS. And if updates have to come via MS, rather than Adobe, that's probably going to take too long and potentially lead to more of this kind of fiasco. And what happens when MS stop supporting it? (I have hideous memories of using computers running the MS VM for Java for years after it was discontinued)
This means potentially unpatched flash installations are going to be sat on bajillions of computers around the world. And a flashback style attack on Windows would probably see more than just a few hundred thousand systems affected...
Outside Apple's and Microsoft's control how many people actually keep their flash plug-ins up-to-date? There's no guarantees there either. Besides if Microsoft is as slow on getting updates out as Apple they deserve the bad PR.
Also I think you missed this part:
"So, Microsoft has extended the Internet Explorer Compatibility View list to include rules for popular Flash-based web sites that are known to meet certain criteria. That is, Flash is supported for only those popular but legacy web sites that need it. This feature is not broadly available for all sites"
So you don't have to worry about all of those p0rn sites you visit as they won't be on the list. I'll just be happy that I don't have to "show in desktop" so much on my tablet.
@DeathByVisualStudio: I think it's cool that Adobe provided the code to MS. While a Flash-less IE10 was a good idea, it's a little ahead of its time. I think we'll see it for good in Windows 9. I hope this means they can "integrate" Silverlight as well. The whole experience of dropping to the desktop for certain sites is annoying.
My thoughts exactly. I use "show in desktop" way, way, way too much on my tablet. If they want to keep eyes focused on the new metro side of W8 they better try and keep them there.