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Dave Massy works as a Program Manager on Windows Embedded. This is his blog.

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    Transparent PNG Support

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    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...
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    Are you comfortable?

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    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...
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    IE Team Blog

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    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...
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    Internet Explorer Documentation

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    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...
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    Investment in IE is NOT a Stop-Gap

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    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...
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    Unwanted Downloads

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    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...
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    What is a Program Manager anyway?

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    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...
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    Undeserved Attention

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    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...
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    Security, Security, Security

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    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...
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    Return of the xxxx?

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    Scoble just let it slip in the comments to his post on http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/06/16.html#a7776 I'm returning to work on the Internet Explorer team. A team that I used to work on a few years ago and I'm very excited to be returning to...
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    Why wait for Avalon?

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    Frank Hillman responded to my previous post of Is XAML a big deal? and asks Why wait for avalon? especially when there are some great tools and libraries available today. That's a great question. In short I don't think you should wait. If you need to...
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    Is XAML a big deal?

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    Interesting argument that XAML isn't a big deal at http://weslandia.org/blog/archive/2004/04/02/156.aspx . Am I the only person getting confused on who the people are behind some of the blogs? How about an “About me“ link on the page so I...
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    Channel 9 goes live!

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    http://channel9.msdn.com/ These guys have been working on this for a few months and finally the site is launched. Congrats to that team. I've just been on the periphery of this but it is esciting to be able to show the human side of the many people...
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    Wireless expectations

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    I suddenly realised yesterday how I've come to rely on wireless access. I have it at work and I have it at home and I've come to expect it at airports and coffee shops. Yesterday I found myself with a couple of hours spare at Logan airport in Boston waiting...
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    XAML by itself is not that interesting!

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    Microsoft should drop XAML like a .... Rory Blythe makes a great post and people respond. XAML is just markup and although incredibly important to allow tools to declaratively put Content, UI and Media together it really isn't that interesting by itself...
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    Avalon != XAML

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    XAML is not Avalon and Avalon is not XAML. I think we've not been making this entirely clear although it has definitely been implied by Don Box, Chris Anderson and others. See the Holiday MSDN TV show to see some of this. However there seems to be a little...
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    Why Longhorn and Avalon?

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    I'm excited about Longhorn and Avalon in particular as that is what I'm working on. I thought as one of my first posts here I'd talk about the computer experience I personally see Avalon and Longhorn enabling. I don't know if anyone else out there...
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    Welcome

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    Welcome to my blog. I work as a Technical Evangelist on Longhorn here at Microsoft specialising in the new presentation subsystem known as Avalon. I plan to post occasionally here about Longhorn and although I can't promise to post daily I will try...
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