What is Active X?

Active X is a software technology released by Microsoft; basically, this technology can send content or programmed capabilities from the web to a Microsoft Window computer.

Active X in its earlier form was OLE and COM technology. OLE stands for Object Linking and Embedding and COM stands for Component Object Model. Active X is primarily designed to allow end users to interact with each other on MS Windows computers and link files such as MS Word documents or Excel spreadsheet documents from a computer to the Internet.

In this case, an Internet browser visiting a Web site with Active X will be able to view a Word or Excel document directly in their web browser. Unfortunately, Active X was created with poor security features and did not even lack basic security controls. For this reason, many computer security discourages its use.

OLE (Object Linking and Embedding)

OLE allows an object of one application; let’s say an MS Excel table that needs to be embedded in another application – an MS Word document. In this particular situation, the MS Excel table becomes an object, it is then cut or copied and pasted directly into the MS Word document. OLE allows a user or group of users to work on different parts of a master file and then quickly compile or compile everything.

Microsoft renamed OLE and named it Active X in 1996. In 2005, Microsoft dropped its support for Active X, mainly due to a loss in a patent litigation. This means that end users in newer editions of IE web browser can no longer interact with Active X without first activating it. For example, many media files such as Flash, QuickTime, etc. Must be activated first. Previously, you can usually scroll a media item with the mouse, or open a page in your web browser to actively start with X. Now you first have to deal with the media object directly and, for example, click on the item to start a file or to work with its properties.