Though only a few days have passed since the historic Apple/Microsoft deal, the ramifications of the agreement are still being sorted out. One interesting side note to the talks, which will continue for the next few months at least, is that Apple is warming to Microsoft technologies such as COM and ActiveX that they previously spurned.
"Those are the types of technologies we are going to explore and see how they fit together," said Avie Tevanian, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple. "This deal opens the door on a number of areas to collaborate. We also have technologies that would bolster their Component Object Models \[COM\] as well."
Getting ActiveX on the Macintosh would allow developers to more easily port applications between Apple and Windows. It also represents another major win for Microsoft, which had met opposition to these technologies from Apple