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ActiveX

At ActiveX is a software component model that is primarily responsible for displaying active content. The system was developed by Microsoft and is based on the manufacturer’s proprietary Component Object Model (COM) standard. Consequently, it can only be used on computers with the Windows operating system.

Extension for contents in the World Wide Web

ActiveX has been developed by Microsoft since 1996 to improve the interactivity of content on the World Wide Web. The goal that Microsoft has with this technology is to connect Windows computers to the Internet in an optimal way. Although ActiveX is a proprietary technology, all of its components are based on the COM model, which acts as the foundation for the entire standard. The main advantage of such an architecture is reflected in the fact that COM objects can be quickly and easily integrated into other programming languages such as C++ or .NET.

Availability and components of ActiveX

ActiveX are currently available for all platforms with the Windows operating system. In this context, the system includes a number of different components, such as:

  • Controls
  • Active documents
  • Scripting components
  • Conference systems

Because controls run in a similar manner to Windows programs, they have access to all local system resources, such as printers and the file system, which can have an extremely negative impact on system security. To minimize the security risk, various security mechanisms are used. These include the code signing mechanism and the Sanbox model.

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What is ActiveX?

ActiveX is a software component model that is primarily responsible for rendering active content.

What are the advantages?

With such an architecture, COM objects can be quickly and easily integrated into other programming languages.


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