Olive Software e-Editions on Surface RT


I decided to sign up for the newspaper this year, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I’ve said before that I’m a CNN junkie, but you really don’t get a lot of news from CNN. In the mornings, they tend to repeat the same 5-10 minutes worth of stories over and over again–presumably catering to the morning rushers that flip on the TV for a few minutes while they’re getting ready. The newspaper gives you SO MUCH MORE information. It’s really great. If you’re like me and haven’t (hadn’t?) picked up a paper in the last decade, maybe it’s time to give it another shot. But I digress…

Along with the physical paper that comes 3 times a week, I also have access to the paper daily via the e-Edition. But there’s a problem: it doesn’t work on my Surface.

The reason it doesn’t work is because it’s Flash-based. IE10 on Windows RT supports Flash, but sites must be whitelisted. So, my the e-Edition will work fine, but the e-Edition’s vendor, Olive Software, needs to provide code to Microsoft to get themselves on the whitelist. That seems like the easiest solution for Olive, but what I’d really like to see is a Detroit Free Press app in the Windows Store. I’d love to have something similar to the New York Times app with my local, Detroit news.

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