Microsoft on Friday updated Flash on Windows 8 to protect IE10 users
from attacks that may have started months ago.
More than a week before, Microsoft had backed away
from an earlier position that held it would not patch Flash until late October. Instead, the company promised to update the media player "shortly."
Microsoft, not Adobe, is responsible for patching
Flash Player in Windows 8 because the company mimicked Google's Chrome by building the software into IE10, the new operating system's browser. Microsoft announced that move in late May, when its top IE executive, Dean Hachamovitch, said, "By updating Flash through Windows Update, like IE, we make security more convenient for customers."