Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)

A technology developed by Microsoft for embedding objects created in one program into another. An example of OLE is inserting Excel spreadsheets into Word documents. The method supports two modes:

• Full embedding, where the link with the data source is lost after saving the receiver object.

• Dynamic object linking, where a change in the data in the original object results in an update of the embedded container that includes a link to the source.