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Microsoft Edge won’t support ActiveX, Browser Helper Objects, VBScript and more legacy features

Microsoft Edge won’t support ActiveX, Browser Helper Objects, VBScript and more legacy features

by AshwinMay 9, 2015

Microsoft Edge was officially announced last week, as the new browser for Windows 10.


Edge replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser, and brings a multitude of new features that we can expect in a modern browser.

The Redmond Company introduced Project Spartan in March, and touted it as a light-weight browser, with brand new features including text annotation, note taking, Cortana Integration and more. Basically it is designed to recapture Internet Explorer’s long lost magic, and to do so it is making some necessary changes.

Microsoft Edge is retiring legacy features:

But the new browser will remove several features from IE, according to a post on the Edge Dev Blog. The dev team has announced that they are retiring the ActiveX framework, along with  Browser Helper Objects, MIME Filters, Webslices, Vector Markup language, DirectX Filters and Transistions,and several other tools. The older tools an.d features will be replaced by modern alternatives

ActiveX is quickly becoming obsolete, and is being replaced by HTML5 on the internet. Microsoft Edge will support HTML/Java based extensions, to follow the changing software technologies, and provide support beyond HTML5’s capabilities.

Vector Markup Language (VML) will be replaced, and instead Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) will support 2D vector graphics. VBScript is being replaced by the more popular Javascript. DirectX Filters and Transitions used for Visual Effects will be replaced by CSS3 and SVG.

Liliputing reports that Microsoft is retiring these features, to improve the browser’s performance and security. It will also ensure that modern websites are rendered correctly.¬† Well, you can see very clearly why Internet Explorer is unpopular, with its ancient rendering engines and tools.

However Microsoft isn’t just cutting off features from Edge, it will support several built-in tools. This includes native support for Adobe Flash, rendering of PDF Files. This eliminates the need to install apps separately for enabling/accessing such features.

Microsoft Edge uses the EdgeHTML, a proprietary layout engine from Microsoft. EdgeHTML, is a fork of the Trident layout engine, which was used in Internet Explorer. Edge’s engine doesn’t not contain the legacy does from Trident. The performance of the new engine is reportedly significantly powerful, and as good as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the two most popular browsers in the World.

You can read about the Microsoft Edge Roadmap from our previous coverage. Edge will support syncing of Passwords, Tabs, Browsing History, Bookmarks. It will even allow Chrome and Firefox extension developers to port their addon to Edge.

Microsoft Edge will be available when the Redmond company releases Windows 10 in July.