Microsoft is to turn off an 18-month-old workaround in Internet Explorer, following its settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit with Eolas.
According to a Microsoft blog posting by Pete LePage, an IE senior product manager, the browser will be altered to remove the need for users to Click to Activate embedded web page objects such as video players.
This deliberately fiddly feature was added to IE as a technical workaround in April 2006 after Microsoft’s defeat in court for allegedly infringing a Eolas patent.
LePage said that IE will return to its original functionality if users download an optional patch in December and the IE Cumulative Update roll-up patch in April 2008.
Once Internet Explorer is updated, all pages that currently require click to activate will no longer require the control to be activated. They’ll just work, he wrote.
Webmasters and application developers will not have to make any changes to their code for their users to see the benefits of the change, LePage wrote.