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Is ActiveX the same as COM?

Can I have ActiveX without having COM?
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Question by:mdoland
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Hello mdoland,

COM is component object model, basically a framework in which applications can communicate and integrate
with each other.

ActiveX is an example of a COM; other examples are OLE, COM+, and DCOM.

Regards,

Patrick
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>>Is ActiveX the same as COM?

No, from Microsoft :-

    An Microsoft® ActiveX® control is essentially a simple OLE object that supports the IUnknown interface.

Can I have ActiveX without having COM?

No, since COM objects always have to have *an* interface.
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