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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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    More secure

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    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...
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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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    Thick skins and responsibility

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    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...
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    Bad HTML

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    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...
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    IE7 Released. Meet a few of the team!

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    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...
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    Ajax == DHTML + XMLHttp

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    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...
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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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    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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    It's all a conspiracy. NOT!

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    There are some pretty amusing accusations in the comments to the stories on ZDNET and news.com . A number of comments appear to believe that the fact that XML rendering in IE no longer works after installation of Netscape 8 is a deliberately planned move...
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    IE7 User Agent String

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    IE7 has a new user agent string. See http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/04/27/412813.aspx for details. As we continue our testing of IE7 we continue to come across web sites that are not expecting version 7 of the browser. Often they helpfully suggest...
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    IE7 Feedback

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    There's certainly a lot of feedback coming in on our preview of beta 2 of IE7. See the post at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/01/31/520817.aspx for how to give feedback. Having looked at quite a bit of the feedback over the last day or so and...
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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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    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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    On Slashdot

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    Woohoo! I'm on slashdot http://slashdot.org/articles/05/03/24/1352211.shtml I would like to clarify a few things quickly before I run off to work. I did not say that IE was not part of Windows. IE is an essential part of windows, as parts of the OS and...
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    Working with IE today!

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    Yesterday we posted a comment on the team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/06/23/431980.aspx about achieving rounded corners in IE today. The title of the post clearly states that it is about using against IE today. There has been a lot of...
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    Back in the office

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    Wow this week has gone quickly back in the office. It was great to meet so many people at TechEd in Orlando last week. My talk was very well received, although many people wanted to see IE7 and were dissapointed even though I' tried to be clear that...
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    Zones, Testing and Dave

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    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...
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    User Agent String again!

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    If you take a look at a PC Magazine article at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0%2C1895%2C1840714%2C00.asp there is a paragraph - " At present, IE7 has a problem rendering some Web pages. According to Microsoft, this is caused by the sites, which need to...
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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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    VPC to run IE6 and IE7 on the same machine

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    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...
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    Reviewing IE SDK Documentation

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    One of my current tasks is sifting through the IE documentation on MSDN with the SDK documentation team. There's a lot of it and some articles date back to 1997 or even earlier! Some of those articles are good and need a minimal refresh, some need a complete...
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    Going to Mix06

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    It looks like I will be at Mix06 in Las Vegas at the end of March. www.mix06.com I'll be helping out in the IE7 compatibility lab where you can work with members of the IE team to ensure compatibility with the new version of IE. This should be a fun...
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    Mix Done

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    I'm back in Redmond this morning and the Mix06 conference is over. It was a lot of fun and everyone I spoke to there said it was worthwhile. On the last day of the conference Chris Wilson's talk on standards was well received. Markus Mielke our representative...
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