IE Automatic Component Activation Now Available


The IE Automatic Component Activation (IE ACA) update is now available as part of the April 2008 Internet Explorer Cumulative Update. The “click to activate” behavior, formerly required for ActiveX controls embedded in some webpages, is now permanently removed from Internet Explorer.  For detailed information on IE ACA, see our blog post from last November announcing this update.

This update replaces the IE ACA previews released in December 2007 and February 2008.

Thanks,

Jefferson Fletcher
Product Manager

Comments (17)

  1. Passing along the good news that the ‘click to activate’ behavior has been removed from Internet Explorer:

  2. anonymous says:

    So this should make it into XPSP3 right right later when it’s released??

  3. Kellie [MSFT] says:

    Yes, all versions of IE on all versions of Windows no longer have the Click to Activate behavior.  XPSP3 as well.

  4. Klimax says:

    [RANT]And that was forced upon "everybody in the world",because in USA they have software patents…

    (everybody except users of other browsers!)

    🙁 )[/RANT]

  5. Phil says:

    If it’s been removed – and that seems to be seen as a good thing – plus that was also the default behaviour, so what was the reason it was added in the first place?  And the reason it was added, are those reasons still valid?

  6. svasutin says:

    This is one of the worst licensing agreements Microsoft has ever entered into. Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla, Sun, & Google should have found a way to encourage the w3c & IEEE to create a new tag to avoid this.

    I do hope an alternative can be found.

    * goes off and patents the word "AND" *

  7. Ce message, qui apparaissait parfois sous Internet Explorer, est voué aux oubliettes depuis la mise à jour de ce mois-ci.

  8. Mike Eagle says:

    Having problems installing 9.0, goes thru process but does not install. Rebooted after install but still does not function. Went to Adobe site and support but to no avail.

    Any work arounds to install or is this a flaw in IE7?

  9. Mark Jones says:

    phil: it was there for legal reasons.  A company got an absurdly broad patent for which there was a significant prior art.  unfortunately, it held up in court.

    @svasutin: a new tag wouldn’t have resolved the patent problem.

    Interesting that no one has sued firefox yet.

  10. xff198536 says:

    Having problems installing 9.0, goes thru process but does not install. Rebooted after install but still does not function. Went to Adobe site and support but to no avail.

    Any work arounds to install or is this a flaw in IE7?

  11. Eindelijk zijn we verlost van de "Click to activate this control" onzin in IE! In de IE7 update van april is deze melding verwijderd! Mooi zo!Meer informatie op een Microsoft Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2008/04/08/ie-automatic-compon

  12. Geld Lenen says:

    Great move! This has been one of the reason that withholds me from using Internet Explorer! I’d better check it out now!

  13. Does this solve issues with Flash activation as well? I hope so.

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  15. Passing along the good news that the 'click to activate' behavior has been removed from Internet