The battle of the browsers took a further twist last week as Microsoft released a beta of its ActiveX software development kit (SDK) for the Macintosh platform. It is offering the SDK at no charge from its WWW site and promises a final release will come before year end.
Microsoft is encouraging developers for Navigator Mac plug-ins to migrate to the ActiveX technology and promoting its multimedia features as a reason for migrating. According to Mike Pryke-Smith, Internet product manager at Microsoft, it will give developers the ability to integrate the Web with elements like Quicktime and Apple Events.
Although Microsoft and Apple were formerly great rivals over the look and feel of the graphical user interface, both companies have cooperated over the past six months on software development, as Netscape was widely perceived as a threat to Windows.
The SDK will work with both Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 for the Mac, promised too for year-end, and with Navigator. Metroworks, a US Mac tool vendor, signed a deal with Microsoft earlier this year to give support for ActiveX and the Mac Component Object Model(COM).
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