The patch will accompany the next security update for IE, scheduled for release on April 11, Microsoft said Wednesday. It reverses changes the update makes to how the Web browser handles Web programs called ActiveX controls. These ActiveX tweaks can impact how certain sites display in the browser, the company said.
The ActiveX modifications are designed to shield Microsoft from liability in awith Eolas Technologies and the University of California.
The patch should give Web developers more time to make adjustments that take the IE changes into account. The software maker has recommended that programmers tweak their pages to accommodate the ActiveX change, or else their viewers will have to click an extra time to get to some content, such as Macromedia Flash animations.
Microsoft had said it didn't expect the IE modifications to have much impact on customer experience or partner applications. Yet on Wednesday, the Redmond, Wash., software giant acknowledged that some Web developers are not yet ready to deal with them.
"We did get feedback from some (software) partners and from some enterprise customers that they need a little more time to test and update their applications," Mike Nash, the executive who heads Microsoft's security business, wrote in a posting to a corporate blog.
The compatibility patch is specifically designed for businesses that may have homegrown applications that use ActiveX, a company representative said. It will function until June, when Microsoft plans to release another IE security update that makes the changes permanent, the representative added.
Microsoft has already given developers some time to prepare for the changes., and a month later made them available on MSDN, its closed online network for developers. In late February, the modified software was as an optional download.
The ActiveX changes are scheduled for delivery on Microsoft's regular patch day on April 11. Itif Microsoft rushes other fixes out for a serious security flaw in the browser that is being of IE 5 and IE 6.
Microsoft expects a second trial in the Eolas case to start sometime this year. A federal appeals court last Marchthat exposed the company to .