Microsoft Nixes Ancient ActiveX Support In Windows 10 ‘Edge’ Web Browser

Since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its CEO, we've seen the company make some dramatic transformations, and given what we've seen in recent years, it's proven quite refreshing. That carries on through to Windows 10, which is shaping up to be one of the, if not the, best OSes Microsoft has ever launched.

We've talked much about some of what's coming to Windows 10 that makes it so great, such as a refined UI (including improved Start menu), Cortana, Continuum, overhauled applications, and of course, a brand-new browser called Edge.

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Given its final name late last month, Edge is designed to be a truly competitive browser; one that's flexible, fast, and secure. To ensure that this all becomes the case, Microsoft utilizes a Trident fork called EdgeHTML, and as we explored in January, it's shaping up nicely.

One of the ways Microsoft is making EdgeHTML the best it can be is by cutting out archaic technologies, such as ActiveX, Browser Helper Objects, VBScript and a lot more. So far, Microsoft has removed over 200,000 lines of code related to 300+ APIs and 6 document modes, and has added 300,000 lines of code for 49 new major features and 4,200+ interopability fixes.

As we mentioned a few months ago, Microsoft is likely to release Windows 10 at some point in July. So it won't be much longer before we can give Edge and Windows 10 as a whole a full, a thorough workout.