ActiveX is a technology that Microsoft started in 1996. This was part of the OLE framework. It contains pre-written software components that developers can use in their applications or web pages.
This helps programmers tremendously because, with its use, they can easily add new extra functionality to their software or website for which they do not have to write the code from scratch. Just say that a ready-made base is found.
Software add-ons that are designed with the help of ActiveX are called ActiveX controls. These controls can be implemented in all programs, but they are more commonly distributed on smaller web applications.
For example, a basic ActiveX control can display a clock on a webpage.
Using these advanced ActiveX controls, you can easily create stock tickers, interactive presentations, and even web-based games.
ActiveX controls are very similar to Java applets, but they only run through the ActiveX framework, not the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). This means that if you want to see ActiveX controls in your web browser, then ActiveX must be installed on your computer.
At the same time, if you are loading a custom ActiveX control on a web page, you must be prompt to install them. If this happens, you should accept downloading them if they are from a trusted source.
While ActiveX provides a very intuitive way for web developers to add interactive content to their website, all browsers do not support this technology.