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March 1, 2006

Microsoft voluntary IE patch sidesteps Eolas patent

Posted by David Hunter at 11:32 AM ET.

As foretold in December, Microsoft has released a “voluntary patch” for Internet explorer to avoid liability in a patent claim by Eolas. Joris Evers at CNET:

Microsoft on Tuesday made broadly available an Internet Explorer update related to a high-profile patent spat with a start-up (Eolas – ed.) backed by the University of California.

The update changes how the browser handles Web programs known as ActiveX controls. The changes can impact how certain sites display. Microsoft recommends Web developers tweak their pages or consumers will have to make an extra click to get to some content, such as Macromedia Flash-based animations or media content.

“We expect these changes will have little to no impact on customer experience and partner applications,” a Microsoft representative said Tuesday.

The (optional) update is available for IE 6 on Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 with SP 1, the Microsoft representative said.

More details on this long running dispute by following the link and in our postings on the subject.

Filed under Internet Explorer, Legal, Patch Tuesday, Patents, Security

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One Response to “Microsoft voluntary IE patch sidesteps Eolas patent”

  1. Microsoft provides a big Patch Tuesday -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Also in the security update for IE is the nonsecurity change in the handling of ActiveX controls mandated by Microsoft’s patent infringement case with Eolas that had been previously released as a “voluntary patch.” It’s a little more complicated than that, because Microsoft is also providing a “compatibility patch” that disables the Eolas update until June for developers that are still working to finish modifying corporate applications. Not unexpectedly, Eolas said last month that it would have been simpler just to pay them. David Berlind observes that the extra user clicks that may be required for some ActiveX controls puts Firefox one up on Internet Explorer because Eolas is not pursuing the open source browser. Filed under Office, OS – Server, Open Source, Security, Patents, Internet Explorer, Windows SharePoint Services, FrontPage, Firefox, Microsoft, Patch Tuesday [...]

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