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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    IE7 - It's Getting Close!

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    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...
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    Performance

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    For those asking about IE7 performance improvements there is the first of a set of blog posts covering the issue on the team blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/08/28/728654.aspx Thanks -Dave
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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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    Spelling

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    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...
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    IE Developer Toolbar Beta 3

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    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
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    IE Developer Center Refresh

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    We've just redesigned and refreshed the Developer Center for IE on MSDN. What do you think? As always all feedback on documentation is appreciated. If you see something that is wrong please let us know so we can fix it. Thanks -Dave
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    Opera came to visit

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    As reported on a few of the Opera blogs http://annevankesteren.nl/2006/08/opera-vista and http://my.opera.com/dstorey/blog/show.dml/419834 some of the Opera team were in town last week and a few of the IE team had coffee and lunch with them. It was great...
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    Ajaxian IE Podcast

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    www.Ajaxian.com have just released podcast of an interview that Chris, Laurel and I gave a few months ago. We've continued to do a lot of work on IE7 since then. I'm listening to the webcast at the moment and so far everything I've heard remains valid...
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    Strange things Web Sites do!

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    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...
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    IE7 RC1 Now Available

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    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ IE7 is shaping up to be a very good release. Sandi Hardmeier one of our MVP's just beat me to the news http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/default.aspx She has some great tips on http://www.ie-vista.com if you...
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