Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Google tests ActiveX alternative | InfoWorld | News | 2008-12-08 | By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

I wonder if people at Google even take redundant Adobe alternatives into consideration

Native Client looks similar to Microsoft's ActiveX technology but will run on Linux and the Mac OS as well as Windows, Web experts said Monday. It also bears a resemblance to an Adobe technology called Alchemy.

Developers create their code using a version of the GNU C Compiler, so that desktop applications can be compiled to run on the user's PC using a special browser plugin.

"Google is clearly reaching for ways to take more control over the desktop, the Web browser and user content," said Robert Hansen, CEO of security consultancy SecTheory. "Native Client appears to be another way to reach into people's computers and use as many resources as possible. It's not a matter of whether it can be done. It's a question of if it should be done. We haven't even solved yesterday's problems yet, let alone another ActiveX clone."

Google tests ActiveX alternative | InfoWorld | News | 2008-12-08 | By Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

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