Microsoft brings back automatic ActiveX

Microsoft is to remove a feature from Internet Explorer that required users to activate certain interactive features on a website. Prior to April 2007, the features functioned without any user interaction. The changes were made in an effort to circumvent a patent owned by Eolas and the University of California.

Microsoft agreed in August to pay $521m to settle the patent dispute. "Microsoft has now licensed the technologies from Eolas, removing the 'click to activate' requirement in Internet Explorer," said Pete LePage, a senior product manager at Microsoft, on the company's IE Blog.

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