Do you need to modify your website? Microsoft delays mandatory IE ActiveX update to June

If you haven’t started thinking about how the Microsoft IE ActiveX changes impact your content, now is the time. According to the Microsoft Security Response Center blog, Microsoft is going to give ISVs and enterprises a little more time before making the Active Content change to Internet Explorer a mandatory update for Windows users. This will give developers additional time to modify their code to load interactive controls externally which removes the user activation requirement.

Adobe released an Active Content Developer Center in February, with an FAQ and links to resources and information about this change. If you haven’t seen the updated browser yet, there is a demo that shows what the new behavior is for controls in the updated browser.

We are working on an update to this site to provide some additional resources to help our customers with this change. I also know a lot of Flash developers are using Geoff Stearn’s FlashObject as a solution to the new click-to-activate requirement.

This is REALLY IMPORTANT for content developers and websites that are using Flash and Shockwave content (and anything using OBJECT, EMBED, APPLET tags) to pay attention to, and now you have slightly bigger window in which to address this for your site.