Microsoft makes IE with component activation change available to testers

Summary:The so-called Internet Explorer Automatic Component Activation (IE ACA) update for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 is now available to testers who want to check out Microsoft's IE refresh that will disable the "Click to Activate" control.

Microsoft is on a test-build roll this week. The latest team to offer a test build of a new release is the Internet Explorer (IE) one.

On the IE Team blog, Microsoft officials posted on December 11 about the availability of the so-called Internet Explorer Automatic Component Activation (IE ACA) update.

The IE team has posted for download public test builds of IE 6 and IE 7 that disable the "click to activate" feature that Microsoft added to IE in April 2006 in order to comply with a patent-infringement ruling against Microsoft. In August, Microsoft settled with the plaintiff, Eolas, for an undisclosed amount. Consequently, Microsoft no longer needs to provide a separate "click to activate" control to supplement IE.

Microsoft has made available a number of IE builds that disable the control: IE 6 for XP, IE 6 for Windows Server 2003, IE 7 for XP, IE 7 for Windows Server 2003 and IE 7 for Windows Vista. All of those builds can be accessed via a Microsoft Knowledge Base article page on the browser refresh.

Microsoft officials said in November that the company planned to release a test version of the IE refresh in December 2007. The final release of the IE refresh is set for April 2008, and will be released as part of an IE Cumulative Update, according to Microsoft.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.