Microsoft will remove a feature from Internet Explorer 7 that requires users to authorise the running of multimedia software components when visiting web pages. The first "preview" patch will be available in early December it will then be included in the April 2008 Cumulitive Update for Internet Explorer.
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"For web developers and designers, this does not change anything. Your pages will still work in the same way that they did before. If you have been using the JS insertion method, great. If not, no worries there either," said Pete LePage, a senior product manager at Microsoft.
"Back in April 2006, Microsoft made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages. Some sites required users to 'click to activate' before they could interact with the control. Microsoft has now licensed the technologies from Eolas, removing the 'click to activate' requirement in Internet Explorer. Because of this, the company is removing the "click to activate" behavior from Internet Explorer."