ActiveX is a technology that was started by Microsoft in 1996 . This was part of the OLE framework . ActiveX contains a collection of pre-written software components that developers can use in any of their applications or webpages.
This helps programmers tremendously because with its use, they can easily add new extra functionality to their software or website for which they do not have to write the code from scratch. Just say that a ready made base is found.
Software add-ons that are designed with the help of ActiveX are called ActiveX controls. These controls can be implemented in all types of programs, but they are more commonly distributed on smaller web applications.
For example, a basic ActiveX control can display a clock in a webpage.
Whereas using these advanced ActiveX controls , you can create stock tickers, interactive presentations, even web-based games with ease.
ActiveX controls are very similar to Java applets, but they only run through the ActiveX framework and not through the Java Runtime Environment ( JRE ). This means that if you want to see ActiveX controls in your web browser, then ActiveX must be installed in your computer.
At the same time, if you are loading a custom ActiveX control in a webpage, then you must be prompt to install them. If this happens then you should accept to download them if they are from a trusted source.
While ActiveX provides a very intuitive way for web developers to add interactive content to their website, this technology is not supported by all browsers .