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    Making it easier for Enterprise customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 — and Windows 10

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    As we shared last year , a top priority for Microsoft is helping our Enterprise customers stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. This is particularly important for Windows 7 customers who are upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 by January 12, 2016 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. We understand many customers have Web apps and services that were designed specifically for older versions of Internet Explorer and we provide a set of tools, like Enterprise...
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    A break from the past: the birth of Microsoft's new web rendering engine

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    As we announced last month , Project Spartan will be the new browser across all Windows 10 devices, from phones to tablets, PCs and beyond. You’ll hear about the new browser’s features in the coming months but in this post, we want to tell you more about what motivated us to build a new rendering engine focused on interoperability with other modern browsers ― all in the name of making the Web “just work” for our customers. This new rendering engine was designed with Project...
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    Pointer Events W3C Recommendation, Interoperable Touch, and Removing the Dreaded 300ms Tap Delay

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    Today, the W3C published Pointer Events as a final Recommendation standard . This journey began a little over 2 years ago when we first submitted our proposal to the W3C for a common event model across pointing input devices. Since then, the spec has evolved and improved with the collaboration of Mozilla, Google, Opera, jQuery, IBM, Microsoft Open Technologies , and many others. Improvements have included better extensibility for new device types, additional configuration values for scrolling and...
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    Bringing asm.js to the Chakra JavaScript engine in Windows 10

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    Earlier today, we flipped asm.js to “In Development” at status.modern.ie . Support for asm.js has been one of the top 10 most-requested items at the IE Suggestion Box on UserVoice since we launched it in December . Delivering an interoperable & spec compliant JavaScript engine with the capabilities and performance for modern experiences has been a key goal for us since the inception of Chakra. Bringing near-native performance for JavaScript code execution is a part of the same...
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    HTTP Strict Transport Security comes to Internet Explorer

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    As part of our ongoing commitment to help build an interoperable, secure web that “just works,” we're excited to announce support for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) in Internet Explorer. This change can be previewed using Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and will come to Project Spartan in a later update. The HSTS policy protects against variants of man-in-the-middle attacks that can strip TLS out of communications with a server, leaving the user vulnerable. For example...
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    Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

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    Last year, we committed to the principle that the mobile web should just work for everyone , and introduced hundreds of targeted improvements to Internet Explorer in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update to dramatically improve interoperability with the mobile web. In November , we revealed the new rendering engine for Internet Explorer and Project Spartan on Windows 10, built on the same successful interoperability principles. Today, we’re excited to bring this new rendering engine to phones for the first...
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    February 2015 security updates for Internet Explorer

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-009 This critical security update resolves one publicly reported and 40 privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. For more information, please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-009 . Security Update for Flash Player (3021953) This security update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on supported editions of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is also available. The details of the vulnerabilities...
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    Introducing the Selection API specification

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    Developers who build rich text editing experiences (such as email, blogs, wikis, etc.) are familiar with challenges supporting a diversity of browsers. Today’s browsers support different functions and have a range of bugs to work around. There is an effort to improve this situation at the W3C , where we are working on the future of web editing . Selection is fundamental to editing so we are prioritizing investments in more interoperable selection, paving the way for a better experience across...
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    Simplified Adaptive Video Streaming: Announcing support for HLS and DASH in Windows 10

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    Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1 introduced support for Professional Quality Video using Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). With Windows 10, Microsoft is announcing browser support for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and enhanced support for MPEG DASH in the new EdgeHTML rendering engine. These new features automate adaptive streaming, and make it very simple for Web sites to take advantage of professional quality video. Taking advantage of these new features is as...
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    Updates for the F12 developer tools in the Windows 10 January Technical Preview

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    Last week, we shared the latest news for the Windows 10 Web platform and introduced Project Spartan, the browser built for Windows 10. In addition to building Project Spartan, we have been hard at work updating the Internet Explorer developer tools in Windows 10. Today we want to show you the latest enhancements, which are now available in the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build. Going forward, we will bring these same enhancements to Project Spartan. User interface Last month, we modified...
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    Project Spartan and the Windows 10 January Preview Build

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    Yesterday, we announced that Windows 10 will ship with a brand new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan.” Designed for Windows 10, Spartan provides a more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with advanced features including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster. Spartan is a single browser designed to work great across the entire Windows 10 device family ...
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    IE test VMs on modern.IE get a refresh

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    To help web developers test versions of Internet Explorer more easily, we’ve had a suite of virtual machines available on modern.IE since January of 2013. Today we released another refresh of the VMs to incorporate feedback and to update the base Windows versions. The changes we’ve made with build 20141027 include: We now use IE blocker toolkit to keep the version of IE for that image fixed and not auto-updated Set Windows Update on and to auto update Applied all applicable...
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    Classes in JavaScript: Exploring the Implementation in Chakra

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    The Windows 10 Technical Preview November build and RemoteIE includes many changes and additions to Internet Explorer from the next edition of the JavaScript standard, ECMA-262 6th Edition (ES6) . ECMAScript 6 will be a substantial advance for JavaScript language, and currently the technical preview is the most compliant implementation . This post explores where ECMAScript is going and gives a peek into the implementation of a new language feature: ES6 Classes . ECMAScript Evolution to Meet the...
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    Announcing the redesigned F12 developer tools interface

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    With two major updates over the spring and summer , we have continued to improve the developer experiences available in IE's F12 developer tools and today we are excited to provide details around our latest update. This update addresses concerns that many users had with the vertical navigation model we introduced in IE11, and provides a more traditional horizontal model. Changes to the F12 user interface Overall design When we introduced the vertical navigation model, our goal was to...
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    December 2014 Internet Explorer security updates & disabling SSL 3.0 fallback

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    Disabling SSL 3.0 fallback We previously published Security Advisory 3009008 advising that Microsoft will disable SSL 3.0 by default in Internet Explorer and across all Microsoft online services over the coming months. To continue to help protect customers, we are taking the interim step to provide the option to disable SSL 3.0 fallback in Internet Explorer 11 for Protected Mode sites, which is the default for Internet sites and Restricted sites. This change is currently off by default, and we...
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    Status roadmap update: srcset, <main> element, and date inputs in development

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    Today we’re updating our platform roadmap with a few more features that we’ve started working on: Responsive Images: image srcset To take advantage of high resolution screens, it’s desirable to provide higher resolution image resources. While today’s devices come with all sorts of different resolution screens, it’s important to be able to provide the right resource for the device’s capabilities for optimal experience and performance. We have therefore begun work on implementing the srcset attribute...
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    Focusing community discussions for IE development on StackOverflow

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    In an effort to focus Web development discussions for Internet Explorer in one place, we have starting migrating IE development discussions from MSDN forums to Stack Overflow. This has started with announcing to our MSDN community the goal of redirecting all Web development questions to the Internet Explorer tag(s) on Stack Overflow to better answer your questions. This decision reflects the belief on the IE team that Stack Overflow is not only a rapidly-growing community of broadly-disciplined...
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    Announcing improvements to the Enterprise Mode Site List

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    Today we are adding functionality to Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 as part of the November update , expanding the Enterprise Mode Site List introduced in April to give customers a new way to mitigate Web app compatibility issues. A new docMode section of the list enables IT to specify the document mode in which a specific Web site should load, without changing a single line of code on the site itself. While the original Enterprise Mode provided great compatibility for enterprises on IE8...
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    November 2014 updates for Internet Explorer

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    In addition to improvements to the Enterprise Mode Site List announced today, the November update also includes the following security related updates. Updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking As we  shared back in October , and as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, we have two updates to the out-of-date ActiveX control blocking feature going live today. Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 With the...
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    Living on the edge – our next step in helping the web just work

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    Today we are rolling out a new Windows 10 preview build with significant Internet Explorer interoperability updates. In line with our commitment to interoperability and compatibility , this update includes over 2000 fixes for interoperability issues, support for 20 new platform features, and our new architecture for advancing interoperability and compatibility. We’re excited to be sharing this work at such an early stage in our development process and we look forward to hearing your feedback...
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    Announcing RemoteIE: Test the latest IE on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android

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    Update 11/12/2014: Windows Phone client preview now available for RemoteApp. Today, we’re excited to announce the preview availability of RemoteIE via Azure RemoteApp. This is a free service from Microsoft that allows you to run the latest version of Internet Explorer on the Windows 10 Technical Preview from your Windows, Mac OS X, iOS or Android devices, without the need to run a new OS or heavyweight virtual machine on your device. Going forward, this will be the recommended way for developers...
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    Making it easier for Enterprises to stay up-to-date

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    As we shared in May , a top priority for Microsoft is helping customers upgrade and stay up to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today at TechEd Europe , we are making two announcements to help customers upgrade and stay up-to-date: Starting in November, we are expanding the functionality of the Enterprise Mode Site List for Internet Explorer 11 to include all document modes. We listened to customer feedback, and the list will now give better control over which document mode will...
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    Celebrating HTML5 Recommendation with the W3C

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    Today, while several Internet Explorer team members are at W3C TPAC 2014 , the IE team is happy to join Microsoft Open Technologies , other browser vendors, and the web community at large in celebrating the HTML5 specification reaching W3C Recommendation . This milestone represents many years of commitment from people and organizations around the world to produce and stabilize the next generation of the W3C Open Web Platform . The IE team believes that the standards process is vital to creating...
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    Bringing Interoperable Real-Time Communications to the Web

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    Together with the industry-leading expertise of Skype, we’re excited to announce development has begun on the ORTC API for WebRTC , a key technology to make Real-Time Communications (RTC) on the web a reality. We aim to make browser-based calls more convenient by removing the need to download a plugin. It’s all about convenience – imagine you’ll be able to simply open IE and make a Skype call to friends, family, or get real-time support for that new device right from your...
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    Announcing the Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit for Internet Explorer 11

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    Today, we’re announcing a new capability in Internet Explorer 11 that allows IT Pros to discover which of their Enterprise line of business applications are truly critical and used by their users. Together with Enterprise Mode IE , this toolkit helps simplify Enterprise upgrades. Download the Enterprise Site Discovery Toolkit for IE11 today and learn more about it on Technet . Upgrading to the latest version of Windows typically requires Enterprises to do full line of business app compatibility...
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