ActiveMovie is a streaming media technology now known as DirectShow, developed by Microsoft to replace Video for Windows. ActiveMovie allows users to view media streams, whether distributed via the Internet, an intranet and CD-ROMs.

Originally announced in March 1996, [cite web | url= | title=Microsoft Announces ActiveMovie | author=Microsoft | date=1996-03-05 | work=Microsoft PressPass | accessdate=2006-12-31] the first version was released in May 1996 bundled with the beta version of Internet Explorer 3.0. [cite web | url= | title=Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Beta Now Available | author=Microsoft | date=1996-05-29 | work=Microsoft PressPass | accessdate=2006-12-31]

When ActiveMovie was installed an option was added to the Start Menu to launch the "ActiveMovie Control". This allowed users to play multimedia files and thus was a rudimentary media player.

In March 1997, Microsoft announced that ActiveMovie was going to become part of the DirectX set of technologies, [cite web | url= | title=Microsoft Evolves DirectX Multimedia API Services | author=Microsoft | date=1997-03-31 | work=Microsoft PressPass | accessdate=2006-12-31] and by July it was being referred to as DirectShow. [cite web | url= | title=Microsoft and Progressive Networks Collaborate on Streaming Media | author=Microsoft | date=1997-07-21 | work=Microsoft PressPass | accessdate=2006-12-31]

Version 5.2 of Windows Media Player would remove the "ActiveMovie Control" icon from the Start Menu upon installation. Microsoft provided instructions for reinstating the icon on its website. [cite web | url= | title=How to Add Start Menu Shortcut for ActiveMovie and Media Player | author=Microsoft | date=2007-01-23 | work=Microsoft KnowledgeBase | accessdate=2007-06-28]


ee also

*Windows Media Player

External links

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