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  • Blog Post: IE8 Released

    Congrats to my old team on shipping IE8 . Although my IE focused days are behind me it's great to see the team has put out such a great version. The security improvements and commitment to web standards stand out as major achievements along with performance, reliability, dev tools etc. There's always...
  • Blog Post: Zones, Testing and Dave

    I just made a post on the IE Team blog regarding Zones and Mark of The Web . It's always a good idea to test with default settings and run pages in the internet zone if that is where they will be deployed so that you experience what users will experience. As noted on that post I'm leaving Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: IE Developer Toolbar Beta 3

    We just released beta 3 of the developer toolbar. Key changes are outlined in this post on the team blog . There's still lots more work to do in this area we know, but the style tracer functionality is really sweet! Thanks -Dave
  • Blog Post: Strange things Web Sites do!

    I'm going to start making occasional posts when I find a website that is doing something particularly bizarre although I won't name the specific websites in question. Yesterday I decided to send some feedback to a local radio station about the lack of decent coverage of the recent storms in the Northwest...
  • Blog Post: VPC to run IE6 and IE7 on the same machine

    Great news at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/11/30/ie6-and-ie7-running-on-a-single-machine.aspx There is now a Virtual PC image available for XP SP2 with IE6 for free so you can run IE7 and IE6 on the same machine without any need to buy an additional Windows license. Fabulous! Thanks...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Released. Meet a few of the team!

    We've released www.microsoft.com/windows/ie It's a product that all of us are justifiably proud of. A video of me giving a tour meeting a few of the IE team is live on Channel 9 There are a couple more videos that will be available in the coming days. I talk for far too long at the start of this...
  • Blog Post: IE7 - It's Getting Close!

    As you can see from the post on the IE team blog IE7 is headed for final release shortly. It's fun reading some of the comments on the team blog. Clearly some people didn't actually bother to read the post or follow the links to the resources for more information! I believe IE7 is going to be a great...
  • Blog Post: More secure

    UPDATE! 2/24/05 8:58AM PST Some comments reflect the fact that my post below can be misunderstood. I'd like to clarify. IE is an essential part of the Windows Operating system. Nothing I say in my post below is meant to imply otherwise. In the sentence "The issue of not being part of the Operating...
  • Blog Post: Ajax == DHTML + XMLHttp

    I'm curious to see the industry attention about something called Ajax lately. Mary Jo Foley writes about it at http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1777009,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535 and many people are talking about it. It's exciting to see great web based applications such as google...
  • Blog Post: Thick skins and responsibility

    I can't seem to log into Neowin to leave a comment on yesterday's interview but there was one post from FloatingFatMan that I wanted to comment on: I'd personally HATE to be on the IE dev team, cause you know that no matter what you do, a sizable portion of the userbase are just gonna bitch bitch bitch...
  • Blog Post: NeoWin interview

    I got interviewed over email by the Neowin guys http://www.neowin.net/comments.php?category=main&id=26911 They included a link to my blog here so I figured it's about time I posted an entry. Although this is one of those circular links :-) I know I need to post here more frequently. In the meantime...
  • Blog Post: Bad HTML

    I just posted about the Internet Explorer focus on backwards compatibility over on the IE team blog http://weblogs.asp.net/ie/archive/2004/10/15/243074.aspx There's plenty of bad HTML on the web today, and by that I mean a lack of closing tags, overlapping tags and implied tags. I thought I'd add some...
  • Blog Post: Spelling

    Two quick notes on spelling. Did you know there's a great spell check tool for IE at http://www.iespell.com/ ? This is very useful when your spelling and typing is a little like mine. Coming from the United Kingdom I often argue with spell checkers about whether words such as optimise have an ...
  • Blog Post: Transparent PNG Support

    We get a lot (and I do mean a lot) of complaints about the lack of alpha channel support for PNG in Internet Explorer. Quite right too! This is an optional part of the PNG specification but it is the part that actually makes PNG more useful that other image formats. I am hopeful that we may be able to...
  • Blog Post: Are you comfortable?

    In my last post I stated something about how I wouldn't be comfortable using another browser. This seemed to get a few responses and Shannon J Hager asked me to explain myself. So I will try. One of the challenges with blogging or any communication purely through text is that it is easy to be misunderstood...
  • Blog Post: IE Team Blog

    The IE team now has their own blog http://blogs.msdn.com/ie You can expect to see the IE team posting there from time to time so its worth watching. Yet another great way to interact with the IE team! I've been working on the team for about a month now. I continue to be impressed at the way everyone...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer Documentation

    There's lots of great documentation on Internet Explorer available on MSDN. http://msdn.microsoft.com/ie is an excellent place to start. If you have feedback we'd like to hear it. What functionality are you finding difficult to find? What topics would you like covered? Something worth drawing attention...
  • Blog Post: Investment in IE is NOT a Stop-Gap

    There was one section of the story that got on ZDNet and CNet that I think is worth a response. "Longhorn isn't going to be delivered in the timeframe Microsoft originally expected, and users probably can't wait that long for a stabilized browser. So as a stop-gap move, they are going to shore...
  • Blog Post: Unwanted Downloads

    There are lots of important security enhancements for Internet Explorer in Windows XP SP2. One enhancement that can be argued to be amongst the most important is preventing unwanted downloads of software. This has been mentioned repeatedly in feedback so I thought I'd call attention to it here. Internet...
  • Blog Post: What is a Program Manager anyway?

    There seems to be a little confusion out there with CNet announcing that I've been appointed as a new IE evangelist http://news.com.com/Microsoft+appoints+a+new+IE+evangelist/2100-1032_3-5243583.html Actually as I stated in a previous post I'll be on the Program Management team which means I'll be...
  • Blog Post: Undeserved Attention

    Wow! I got /.ed - http://developers.slashdot.org/developers/04/06/20/1740256.shtml Great to see all the supportive and accurate comments coming in :-) I do have to point out though that my return to the IE team really isn't big news. The Internet Explorer team has been very busy for some time and...
  • Blog Post: Security, Security, Security

    This topic seems to be coming up again and again in feedback to my last post. I really encourage people to take a close look at Windows XP SP2. You can get Release Candidate 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx . This update addresses many of the points and suggestions...
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