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  • Blog Post: Escape from Windows XP, Now a Game

    Last Tuesday marked the end of life of Windows XP! For some, it has been an easy transition to Windows 7 or Windows 8. For others, not so much. Either way, congratulations for getting it done! Now it’s time to have some fun with it! Enter Escape from XP , proudly brought to you by the Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Browser Link–A Web Developer’s New Best Friend

    At a conference a few months ago, I was demonstrating the F12 developer tools in Internet Explorer when someone asked me: Do you think Microsoft will ever make it so we can edit CSS in the browser’s developer tools and have those changes save back to the original CSS files? That would certainly be a...
  • Blog Post: HTML5: The Parts You Care About (Part 2)

    This is post 2 of 3 in a blog series previewing the upcoming presentation, HTML5: The Parts You Care About by David Wesst at Prairie Dev Con in Saskatoon, SK (November 4-5). Read Part 1 here . As discussed in my previous post, HTML5 has come a long way since its inception and release in the early 90...
  • Blog Post: Testing Browser Compatibility Made Easy

    With various different versions of Internet Explorer out there and various devices that can display sites, the testing matrix for your site is inevitably more complicated. In an effort to help you use your time more effectively, spending more time on building and less time on testing, Modern.IE . released...
  • Blog Post: Be Ahead, Be Compatible

    Those who have downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview have already been trying out the upcoming version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 10 . For us developers, though, this is the time be thinking about how we prepare our sites for Internet Explorer 10. This short video talks about the recent...
  • Blog Post: Hello Inspector, We Have Been Awaiting You

    As you may know, we have had 4 Platform Previews for Internet Explorer 10. But how do you make sure that existing apps won’t break or be incompatible with it without exhaustive testing? An easy way is to use the IE10 Compat Inspector . Simply insert the script before other scripts in each page you want...
  • Blog Post: Is your browser secure?

    Choosing a browser is also a choice around security. Most of what we do on the computer today is in the browser: we read some news site, learn a new technology, chat with our friends, watch funny videos… As a big part of our online life in inside the browser, we need one that will protect us, protect...
  • Blog Post: Awesome resources for Developers Tools, Languages and Framework track at TechDays

    I don’t know for you, but each time I go to a conference, I always want to put my hands into the new technology I just learn. I’m sure that it’s the case for you, so I wanted to give you a one-stop place where you’ll be able to get everything you need to do this with the sessions...
  • Blog Post: F12 The best kept web debugging secret

    Shhh don’t tell anyone about this blog, then you will look brilliant in front of your co-workers when you show them these cool tools! Have you found the F12 key yet in Internet Explorer? I will admit that until 6 months ago I hadn’t. If you are running Internet Explorer 8 or 9 you can try it right now...
  • Blog Post: Console.Log : Say Goodbye to JavaScript Alerts for Debugging!

    Admit it, you’ve done it. You have a bug somewhere in your web page and you add an alert to popup a useful message like “I am in the if statement” or “varName=Bob” to help you figure out what is wrong with your code. In IE9 we have an alternative: the Console object . ASP.NET programmers who work in...
  • Blog Post: Quick Updates

    I’m sitting in the airport lounge in Vancouver, waiting to board my flight back to Toronto. Some quick updates: TechDays Vancouver went very well. Over 800 attendees catching over 60 technical sessions on Microsoft’s platforms, tools and technologies, all taking place in the beautiful West Building of...
  • Blog Post: New Internet Explorer 9 Videos

    If you haven’t tried the latest Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9, get your hands on it now! This one’s got new goodies like a new SVG engine, the “Chakra” JavaScript engine now integrated into the browser instead of a separate object called via COM, better Acid3 (95/100) and WebKit SunSpider scores...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9, Platform Preview 4

    I’ve been busy with all sorts of stuff, so I ‘m a little late with an announcement you might have seen elsewhere online: IE9 Platform Preview 4 has been released! If you want the full story, check out IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch’s blog entry over at IEBlog , where he goes over the latest platform...
  • Blog Post: IE’s Big Leap Forward

    Peter-Paul “ppk” Koch writes in his blog, QuirksBlog (which lives on his site, QuirksMode ): In the past few days I’ve been revising the CSS compatibility table with information about the latest crop of browsers. There’s no doubt about it: this is IE9’s show. It just supports nearly everything. No hassle...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Videos on Channel 9

    By now, you’ve probably seen my article covering the new, faster, even more standards-compliant Platform Preview 3 of Internet Explorer 9 . From hardware acceleration to a speed-boosted JavaScript engine with support for new ECMAScript 5 language features to support for SVG, <audio> , <video>...
  • Blog Post: IE9’s Hardware-Accelerated Canvas in Action

    As announced in yesterday’s posting, Platform Preview 3 of Internet Explorer 9 is out, and it’s faster than snakes on ice. Some of the credit goes to “Chakra”, the new JavaScript engine, and some of it goes to IE9’s hardware acceleration, which bypasses the layers of abstraction between your web app...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9: Kicking Ass and Acid3 with Platform Preview 3!

    Back in March, when the first platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 was released at the MIX10 conference, the IE9 team promised to release new previews of the browser about every eight weeks. Eight weeks after MIX10, they kept their promise and released Platform Preview 2. It featured improved JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: VP8 Support in Internet Explorer 9

    You’ve probably read the news already , so I’ll cut right to the chase: earlier today, Internet Explorer’s big kahuna Dean Hachamovitch made an announcement about Internet Explorer 9 support for HTML5 video in Blogging Windows : In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video as well as...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Platform Preview 2

    It wasn’t that long ago that an early version of Internet Explorer 9 – we called it Platform Preview 1 – was announced at MIX10 Conference back in mid-March. If you missed it, here’s MIX10’s Day 2 keynote session , in which the Internet Explorer team’s supreme Kahuna, Dean Hachamovitch , made the announcement...
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