Make “click to activate” go away … forever!

December 12th, 2007

One of the most annoying features of using Internet Explorer is about to disappear.  Microsoft has released a preview of the Internet Explorer Automatic Component Activation (IE ACA) which will put an end to that annoying "click to activate" message that you get when visiting a page with embedded controls.

Because Microsoft has now licensed the relevant technologies from Eolas Technologies, it is now possible for the “click to activate” requirement for embedded controls in Internet Explorer to be removed. This update applies to both IE6 and IE7.

The IE ACA can be downloaded from Microsoft, but before you install it, make sure that you read this warning:

Although no compatibility risks are expected with the removal of the "Click to activate" behavior, we encourage our partners to test and to report any application compatibility issues that are found to Microsoft Support. Applications are expected to function correctly after the removal of the "Click to activate "behavior.

The final release is expected to hit users in April 2008.

I've installed this on a few systems today and so far nothing's exploded.  If I do notice any odd behavior, I'll be sure to let you know.

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