Microsoft's decision to remove ActiveX controls from Metro IE is about making it clear to web-developers that now is the time to start moving away from flash and moving towards HTML5, and about slowly reclaiming Microsoft's browser from buggy and slow plugin vendors that are tarnishing Microsoft's reputation and IE's market share.
Like I've been saying all along: Microsoft is using it's leverage. I'm glad you agree. My issue is that they are putting the cart before the horse. Instead of leave in some support for a streaming media player for flash and silverlight they just chuck it all long before the web has migrated over to supporting HTML5 video.
It's massively inconsistent for users to keep having a go at IE for being slow, unstable and prone to exploits and then to shout them down for trying to remove IE's #1 cause of hangs, crashes and vulnerabilities by shutting off ActiveX - particularly when all of the functionality you've lost is still there - it's just you need to click the "view in desktop IE mode" to see it.
And that's why Firefox and Chrome with their plugins get blamed for slow, unstable, and prone to exploits. Right...
"it's just you need to click the "view in desktop IE mode" to see it." equals:
- Flick up to get the actions menu.
- Press the wrench icon
- Select "view in desktop IE mode"
- Wait for the desktop and IE browser to load.
- Scroll down the web page to the video I wanted to watch.
There a little more to your inconvenient truth.