According to WinRumors: “The filter will allow users to control what ActiveX elements are displayed on sites they visit, furthering Microsoft’s commitment to security within its browser.” We have been covering Internet Explorer 9 extensively in recent weeks, especially with regards to the browser’s HTML5 compliance.
Internet Explorer 9 contains other security measures like Tracking Protection, tools that Microsoft hopes will turn around the browser’s image as insecure. The ActiveX filtering feature looks like this: The Internet Explorer 9 beta has been exceptionally popular thus far, despite Microsoft only infrequently updating the consumer-facing version. Much of the update cycle for the beta has been in developer previews that lack a user interface. We are anticipating a major update to IE9 in the first quarter of 2011, it could be that ActiveX filtering will be present in that build.
We are awaiting comment from Microsoft.
Update: We heard from Microsoft who said: “Microsoft has not released this Internet Explorer 9 code to the public and we caution consumers and businesses that downloading software (including workarounds) from a non-genuine source can pose risks to their environment.”