Component Object Model (COM) is a component technology from Microsoft, featuring remoting, language independence and interface-based programming.

Component Object Model (COM) specifies an architecture, a binary standard, and a supporting infrastructure for building, using, and evolving component-based applications.

Some of the core features of COM are:

  • A remoting infrastructure
  • The use of interface-based programming
  • A threading model
  • The ability to write language independent components.

COM is the foundation of technologies such as OLE, ActiveX and COM+.

COM predates .NET and although .NET has replaced some of the features that developers use COM for it is still a crucial technology and the foundation of most inter application communication on Windows.

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