The Active Group


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What is Active Group

Active Group is a consortium of software and systems vendors that was dedicated to the promotion and widespread adoption of Microsoft ActiveX technologies. The goal of The Active Group was to build on the success of ActiveX technologies and ensure that their evolution meets the needs of the broadest possible community of developers and users. Microsoft provides source code, reference specifications, and validation testing standards for ActiveX technologies to The Active Group.




The Active Group functions as an authoring group working under the auspices of The Open Group, a group dedicated to lowering the barriers of integrating new technology across the enterprise. Members of The Active Group steering committee include Adobe Systems, Computer Associates International, DEC, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation, Powersoft-Sybase, Sheridan Systems, Siemens-Nixdorf Information Systems, Software AG, Videosoft, Visio, and Wall Data.

This group was created in Oct. 1, 1996, in New York City. Learn more.Opens in a new tab.

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The Active Group Organization

The newly formed Active Group will be composed of the following:

  • A steering committee. The steering committee will consist of system vendors, application vendors, tool vendors and customers. Its main tasks will include directing the development of associated technologies, creating and managing technology subgroups, and managing the porting of the technologies to a variety of platforms. To date, the following companies have agreed to participate as steering committee members:
    • Adobe Systems Inc.
    • Computer Associates International Inc.
    • Digital Equipment Corp.
    • Hewlett-Packard Corp.
    • Lotus Development Corp.
    • Microsoft Corp.
    • NCR Corp.
    • The Powersoft Division of Sybase Inc.
    • SAP AG
    • Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG
    • Software AG





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