Delays IE's ActiveX D-Day
By Nick Farrell: Thursday 30th March 2006, 07:22
MAKER OF the world’s most dominant Internet Browser, Microsoft has given Web developers an extra 60 days to change their web pages ahead of a big change to Internet Exploder.
Vole is planning to permanently modify the way Internet Explorer renders multimedia content on Web pages and admits that a lot of sites will suddenly not work properly under IE unless they are changed.
The change is not the result of any great technology shift, it is because of a patent row with Eolas Technologies, over the way Internet Exploder deals with ActiveX controls.
According to Eweek, Microsoft has told its partners that they have 60-days to reauthor their pages. Otherwise any ActiveX Controls and Java Applets will require user activation before the user can interact with the control.
Vole will release a "patch update" on top of the April patch that disables the ActiveX changes through June 2006.
In June another patch will be released that will override all changes. To be fair, Vole has been telling its customers and partners that it will be doing the upgrade since last December and most outfits have done so already. It is just a few haven't yet, including er Microsoft. Its own Channel9 marketing has a few problems we are told.
A FAQ sheet on the changes can be seen here.