Normal People™ would doubtlessly be confused by this. I admit, I was even confused by receiving this message from Adobe when trying to get Flash for Internet Explorer. I launched IE via launchy and proceeded to go about my business but I was greeted on Facebook with a message that video calling wasn’t support in the browser. I assumed it was because Flash was missing for two reasons: there was a big download flash player… sign and I almost never install Flash for IE anymore when I install Windows – I mean, who uses Internet Explorer?
Flash Player 10.1 is not current available for Internet Explorer 9 (64-bit) Beta.
Download a preview release of Flash Player that includes optimized support for Internet Explorer 9 Beta (32-bit and 64-bit) from Adobe Labs.
Over at Adobe, there’s a lame page that says there is no Flash Player for Internet Explorer 9. Well, that’s what it would say if I didn’t know what I was reading, it explains though poorly that this warning is for 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer. Adobe does not help at all – instead of telling users that they are using the wrong Internet Explorer, because obviously users know what they are doing if they are indeed using IE, they tell them to download some non-existent beta version of Flash Player 10.3 instead. Normal People™ would be confused at this point and probably just quit what they were doing and complain to their kids, “Johnny! The computer’s not workin’ again! Can ya fix it for mama?” Something like that.
I wouldn’t advocate even upgrading from old Internet Explorer to a new Internet Explorer. The fault goes three ways in this case.
- Adobe – At fault for not providing a reasonable message, like, “Dear user, you are using a special version of Internet Explorer. This special version does not support plugins like Flash Player. To use Flash Player, close this window, click the start menu, go into ‘all programs’ and finally, use the Internet Explorer that does not have the 64-bit in its name. Thank you.”
- Microsoft – At fault for putting two Internet Explorer choices in the start menu. Not only does it confuse Normal People™, but also launchy.
- Me – And of course, it was my fault for even having the thought, the inclination, the gall to even use Internet Explorer.