Microsoft has been in court attempting to settle the case against them by Eolas, who are claiming Microsoft’s Internet Explorer infringes on their patents for using browser plugins to display multimedia content in a browser.
In response to this, Microsoft have an update to current versions of IE that disables all ActiveX plugins when first loaded in a page. The browser will prompt the user to click the initially inactive plugin before it is activated and ready to use. I’m not sure if this really is the final solution but this seems a bit lame to me. Maybe in addition to this there will be an acknowledgement message that pops up that credits the technology to Eolas, but by itself I can’t imagine Eolas will accept this as the only solution to their case against Microsoft?