Microsoft Dynamics GP 12's Silverlight Plans Unchanged Despite Windows 8 Plug-In Limitations

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Microsoft's plans for a Silverlight-based Microsoft Dynamics GP 12 interface that runs in Internet Explorer have appeared to be well received starting at Convergence 2011 in the April.  But in recent weeks, representatives from Microsoft's Windows and Internet Explorer teams have confirmed assumptions that Silverlight and other browser plug-ins will not work in Internet Explorer 10 in the new Metro chrome-less interface of Windows 8.  

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