A Slow Death for ActiveX?
Opinion: For many reasons the writing is on the blog for the much-maligned programming interface.The Microsoft of recent decades has been much more willing than in the past to cast its own bright ideas aside and do what its customers want instead. Every few weeks we see another example of this in Internet Explorer 7. The more I see of IE 7 the more I think its going to make a big splash when it hits the scenes. Even though its a better browser on Windows Vista than on earlier versions of the operating system, its got some impressive features on Windows XP as well. Many of them come from Microsofts willingness to adopt a Firefox feature or abandon something thats been in IE for years. Consider the way IE 7 starts what I think is a long-term shift away from ActiveX. Ive always thought ActiveX got a bum rap, all things considered. From Day 1 it has been the subject of dire predictions and warnings, and a conventional wisdom has emerged among some that its a major source of vulnerability and an object of attack. None of this is true, but truth isnt the only thing that matters.
My interest in all this was piqued by Microsofts announcement (typically, for these days, through a blog) that IE7 will have a native XMLHTTPRequest object as opposed to one implemented in an ActiveX control, as is the case with IE 6.