A consortium of software and systems vendors that is dedicated to the promotion and widespread adoption of Microsoft ActiveX technologies. The goal of The Active Group is 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.