ActiveX control is widely used by Internet Explorer to load applications or components in Windows. It’s a useful piece of control, but is not without issues. In fact, ActiveX is known for security problems.

Despite security short-comings, ActiveX had been welcomed into the community and flourished. Surprisingly, more so in banks where security is a top priority. Believe it or not, ActiveX is so widely used that the South Korean government decides to make it compulsory for all banks to have it.

Other major browsers have resisted supporting ActiveX. Until now. Google Chrome has now decided to support ActiveX, but only in South Korea. Chrome’s decision to support ActiveX is, not surprising, to grab market share in South Korea. It’s dishearting that ‘Do No Evil’ Google has chosen to ActiveX, but considering how the market is like, it is understandable. Over 90% of South Korean user are IE users and google account for only 2% search in South Korea, making it a real minnow.

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