Microsoft to launch test build of IE refresh In December

Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages. Some sites required users to "click to activate" before they could interact with the control. Microsoft has now licensed the technologies from Eolas, removing the "click to activate" requirement in Internet Explorer. Because of this, we're removing the "click to activate" behavior from Internet Explorer! It's important (and cool) to note that this change will require no modifications to existing webpages, and no new actions for developers creating new pages. We are simply reverting to the old behavior. Once Internet Explorer is updated, all pages that currently require "click to activate" will no longer require the control to be activated. They'll just work.

So you're probably wondering when we are going to release this update? The first chance will be with an optional preview release, called the Internet Explorer Automatic Component Activation Preview, available in December 2007 via the Microsoft Download Center. Additionally this change will be made part of the next pre-release versions of Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. After giving people enough time to prepare for this change, we'll roll this behavior into the IE Cumulative Update in April 2008, and all customers who install the update will get the change.

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wasnt click to activate thing kind of a security measure for not running suspicious activex? so now if it will just work,so willunwanted code?

The change had nothing to do with security. The reason for the change was becuse they lost a patent suit with Eolas and were either ordered to remove the feature, or they changed it voluntarily as part of a settlement.

Isn't this the same technology Eloas sured MS over earlier this year and if so, what happened with the suit?

Joseph21 said,
make the damn IE less bloated and slow....
it uses way to much CPU... compared to firefox

odd because FireFox seems to use a lot more Memory and Processor time then IE on all the systems I've seen...

Joseph, thanks for turning this thread into your own private conquest against IE. This news item has nothing to do with IE being bloated and slow and you are just trolling.

Joseph21 said,
make the damn IE less bloated and slow....
it uses way to much CPU... compared to firefox

Maybe Joseph21 is just fat and tries to pass that to any aother thing including software?

C_Guy said,
Very happy to see Microsoft license the technology properly to remove this nuisance for its users.

What about Mozilla?
And did you license "breathing technology"? Pay or stop breathing!

Good they were screwed over by Eolas...still confuses me why MS was the only one to get sued over this...

GEIST said,
Since when should we be happy for the removal of a browser security feature? :O

It wasn't a security feature; it was compliance with a bullsh*t patent that required Microsoft to not run certain kinds of controls automatically. The "click to activate" crap was one way for Microsoft to say that the control wasn't running automatically.

For those of you not familiar with the Eolas lawsuit, this was an action initiated by a company – Eolas – that was made up one man, Michael Doyle, and 100 investors. The entire purpose of its existence was to trap Microsoft for using software in its Internet Explorer browser that involved a patent that many believe should never have been issued in the first place because there was prior art involved. Unfortunately, the judge in the lawsuit would not let any prior art testimony into evidence, so Microsoft ended up losing the lawsuit. Thus, the "click to activate" BS [and a half-billion-dollar fine!]

Indeed Octol, the removal of this feature had nothing to do with security GEIST. It was 100% due to a legal dispute with Eolas.

I'd like IE to go back to customizablle toolbars altogther. So friggin ugly the way it is now.

It'd be nice to have Windows Live Favorites a new menu bar item also.

agree i would like a customizable toolbar, i just hate the position of stop and reload button its misplaced and i cant change it....

anyways as a firefox user, ie 7 its a step back in customization and a step foward in security compared to ie 6

One can only hope that they also bring improvements in other areas such as standards support. The whole Eolas thing is bull**** but even then it's only a minor annoyance. I'd also love to see a FORCED upgrade to IE7 (because too many are simply too ignorant to keep their computer up to date if it isn't done automatically) for all XP users so web developers would have no need to support IE6 any longer.

Last time I checked, IE7 was classed as a critical update and installed automatically assuming you had automatic updates turned on. Has this changed recently?

they need a third party technology to remove one of their very own technologies?
(seen replies to post #9, makes sense now )

good to know it gets removed anyways. its just nagging and never served me with advantages...

Glassed Silver:mac

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