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  • Tom Archer's Blog

    ReadyBoost Q&A

    • 443 Comments
    Back in April, I posted a blog entry on the ReadyBoost feature - the Windows Vista feature that allows you to use a USB key as virtual memory in order to enhance performance. While I originally intended the post to be an overview of ReadyBoost, it proved...
  • Building Windows 8

    Creating the Windows 8 user experience

    • 784 Comments
    This blog often focuses on the bits and features and less on the “philosophy” or “context” of the product. Given the level of brand new innovations in Windows 8, however, we think it is worth putting Windows 8 in the context in...
  • Building Windows 8

    Improvements in Windows Explorer

    • 1,343 Comments
    Windows Explorer is a foundation of the user experience of the Windows desktop and has undergone several design changes over the years, but has not seen a substantial change in quite some time. Windows 8 is about reimagining Windows, so we took on the...
  • IEBlog

    IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?

    • 333 Comments
    The final release of IE7 is fast approaching … and I mean really fast … and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it’s available for download. We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get...
  • IEBlog

    Protected Mode in Vista IE7

    • 106 Comments
    Hi, I’m Mike Friedman. I work on the IE team in the area of security. You may remember me from my previous IE blog post . We here on the IE team have a continuing focus on making web browsing safe from a variety of outside threats. Microsoft Windows Vista...
  • SQL Protocols

    SQL Server 2005 connectivity error messages

    • 251 Comments
    One of the more visible changes we made in connectivity space for SQL Server 2005 was enhancing error messages reported to the user in case of connection failures. I have seen several cases over the last several months, and in this post I would like to...
  • SQL Protocols

    SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified

    • 267 Comments
    Users often see this error message when connection to a SQL Server and don't know where to start to solve the problem. In most forums, people says this is because remote connection is not enabled on the server. This is not exactly correct. Actually, this...
  • IEBlog

    Phishing Filter in IE7

    • 134 Comments
    Hi, my name is Tariq Sharif and I am a Program Manager on the IE Security team. One of the threats users face on the web is phishing. Today, I want to tell you about the Phishing Filter in IE7, a new security feature designed to dynamically warn users...
  • IEBlog

    Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone

    • 522 Comments
    As a team, we’ve spent the last year heads down working hard on IE8. Last week, we achieved an important milestone that should interest web developers. IE8 now renders the “ Acid2 Face ” correctly in IE8 standards mode. If you’re not a web developer...
  • Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin, App-Compat and Sysinternals WebLog

    MakeMeAdmin -- temporary admin for your Limited User account

    • 228 Comments

    How to quickly and temporarily give your non-admin account administrator privileges, without having to log out.

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  • Engineering Windows 7

    Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives

    • 143 Comments
    There’s a lot of excitement around the potential for the widespread adoption of solid-state drives (SSD) for primary storage, particularly on laptops and also among many folks in the server world. As with any new technology, as it is introduced we often...
  • IEBlog

    Introducing Compatibility View

    • 77 Comments
    At the start of the Internet Explorer 8 project we made a commitment to great website compatibility. It’s worth noting that this commitment hasn’t changed, even given the short-term impact of our announcement to better align with Microsoft’s interoperability...
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