But now times have changed. Microsoft still supports ActiveX in Internet Explorer, but only as a legacy technology and actively discourages the use of the protocol. In fact, a recent security advisory put out by Microsoft says the API “can stop your computer from functioning correctly, collect your browsing habits and personal information without your knowledge, or can give you content, like pop-up ads that you don’t want.”Fortunately, the Korean government has ordered the creation of an ActiveX-free solution but who knows how long that'll take.
ActiveX is a Windows-only affair, so OSX, iOS and Android users aren’t able to participate in the South Korean e-commerce economy. In addition, Microsoft says that Internet Explorer ran in Metro mode (Modern UI) on Windows 8 won’t be able to support the antiquated API. Thus, Internet Explorer’s market share is the highest in the world in Korea with over three-quarters of users logging onto the web via the browser.
Why Korea has an ActiveX problem
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 25 2014 @ 11:24 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck