In the previous announcements, Microsoft made it very clear that the Edge will eliminate internet explorer and it will have almost all the features of internet explorer 11. Some discussion of alternate add-on model was also talked about which will not be ActiveX supported.
Talking about the IE’s proprietary, it is important to have add-on and extension framework. ActiveX is useful for other browser makers too such as Mozilla (Firefox), Google (Chrome). These add-ons are very helpful in extending the functionality on mobile devices. BHOs are thought out to be the plug-ins which is integrated with the browser. The toolbars present in the browsers are actually an advanced form of the BHOs.
The presence of BHOs and ActiveX is very ancient. It dates back to 1996-1997, in the early era there were many problems regarding the security and abusive use of these BHOs and ActiveX. Both of the technologies are specifically for Windows.
“The need for ActiveX controls has been significantly reduced by HTML5-era capabilities, which also produces interoperable code across browsers,” Microsoft noted on its new Edge development blog.
“This is another good example of how Microsoft has been disrupted by the fast-changing industry,” said IDC analyst Al Gillen in a podcast recorded during Microsoft’s Build developers’ conference two weeks ago. Gillen from ActiveX said, “locked IE into the past because of its proprietary nature and early success, which Microsoft felt had to be supported with each new IE to please the mostly enterprise customers who relied on the technology.”
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