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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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    Introducing the IE Platform Suggestion Box on UserVoice

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    On October 1st, we launched the Internet Explorer Platform Suggestion Box ( http://uservoice.modern.ie ) on the UserVoice platform. Since then, it has been great to see the feedback flowing in as everyone adds their voice in support of their most wanted Web platform features in IE. This post provides some background on our decision to launch a UserVoice site and describes how we expect to use the site going forward. Why UserVoice? In April, we made a commitment to build a better two-way conversation...
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    October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

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    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin . Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security...
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    Announcing key advances to JavaScript performance in Windows 10 Technical Preview

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    The Windows 10 Technical Preview brings key advances to Chakra , the JavaScript engine that powers Internet Explorer and store based Web apps across a whole range of Windows devices – phones, tablets, 2-in-1’s, PC’s and Xbox. As with all previous releases of Chakra in IE9 , IE10 and IE11 , this release is a significant step forward to create a JavaScript engine that is highly interoperable, spec compliant, secure and delivers great performance. Chakra now has a highly streamlined...
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    HTTP/2: The Long-Awaited Sequel

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    Ready to speed things up? Here at Microsoft, we’re rolling out support in Internet Explorer for the first significant rework of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol since 1999. It’s been a while, so it’s due. While there have been lot of efforts to streamline Web architecture over the years, none have been on the scale of HTTP/2. We’ve been working hard to help develop this new, efficient and compatible standard as part of the IETF HTTPbis Working Group. It’s called, for obvious reasons, HTTP/2...
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    Interoperable Top Level Domain Name Parsing comes to IE

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    As part of our ongoing commitment to help build an interoperable Web that “just works,” we are changing the way Top Level Domains (TLD) names are parsed to use the Public Suffix List . This change can be previewed using Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview . In the past, IE used a custom algorithm and kept a private list of domain name parsing exceptions. Owners of domain names that needed exception handling by our algorithm had to notify Microsoft that exception parsing was required...
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    Internet Explorer and the Windows 10 Technical Preview

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    Today, the Windows 10 Technical Preview was launched to give an early look at what’s next for Windows. Only available to install by joining the Windows Insider Program , the Technical Preview is also the best way to see the latest from Internet Explorer so join today. In this post we’re sharing what’s new for IE as well as launching the Internet Explorer Platform Suggestion Box for web developers to give us feature suggestions using the UserVoice platform. What’s new for...
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    HTML5 Audio and Video Improvements for Windows Phone 8.1

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    Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 adds new media features that greatly expand its support for HTML5 audio and video. Audio and video elements are now fully supported, including inline playback of video content, and adaptive streaming based on the latest Web specifications is supported as well. These new features provide Web site developers the tools they need to provide compelling media experiences, and make IE an ideal browser for mobile media applications. Support for HTML5 Audio Video...
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    Updates to our platform roadmap

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    Continuing our commitment to openly sharing our platform roadmap via status.modern.IE , today we’re announcing another round of updates to our plan. These updates include new ECMAScript, Networking, Performance, Media, CSS, and DOM features under consideration and in development: Feature Status Math Built-ins (ES6) In Development Number Built-ins (ES6) In Development String Built-ins (ES6) In Development Object Built-ins (ES6) In...
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    Expanding offers and VM delivery choices on modern.IE

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    We love hearing from developers that the virtual machines, tools and offers available on modern.IE are valuable to them, save them time and help make testing on Internet Explorer a little easier. That’s why we’re excited to let you know about a few new offerings we’re making available due to developer demand. VMs available in Vagrant format for developer environment automation Some developers let us know that they are using Vagrant to automate the setup and configuration of...
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    Making your WebGL code more flexible

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    The August update for Internet Explorer 11 includes new capabilities to help web developers detect when their WebGL application might encounter performance problems due to underlying hardware, including support for the failIfMajorPerformanceCaveat flag and WEBGL_debug_renderer_info extension. These can be added to other best practices to make your WebGL code more adaptable to the hardware that it is running on. WebGL strategies for addressing hardware diversity Web developers know that the...
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    September 2014 updates for Internet Explorer

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    The September update for Internet Explorer is focused on bringing the latest security updates to our users: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-052 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-five privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. For more information see the full bulletin . Security Update for Flash Player (2987114) - This security update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on supported editions of Windows 8...
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    Making the web “just work” with any input: Mouse, Touch, and Pointer Events

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    We recently announced support for the Touch Event API in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone 8.1 Update as a part of our commitment to make the Web “just work” for our users . This means IE now supports all three major pointing input APIs: Mouse Events, Touch Events, and Pointer Events. Mobile browsing experience gets better, but at the same time developers start wondering which API they should use. To help developers understand when to use which API, we wanted to share our updated...
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    Announcing new F12 dev tools features in August update

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    Today we’re excited to share all the F12 features that shipped in the August update to IE11 ! In April , we shipped a swath of new features of F12 Developer Tools in Internet Explorer 11 focusing on providing accurate data in the DOM Explorer, actionable data in the memory and performance tools and a smoother debugging experience with Just My Code. With the IE Developer Channel in June we previewed more features in the F12 Developer Tools and now all of these features are shipping out to all...
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    August updates for Internet Explorer

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    The August update for Internet Explorer includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. As discussed on the Windows blog , we’ll continue to use our existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements in addition to security updates. New features for Internet Explorer 11 The update includes four feature improvements, based on customer and developer feedback. Some of these improvements were previewed in the Internet Explorer Developer...
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    Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

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    As we shared in May , Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer...
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    Internet Explorer begins blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls

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    As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, starting September 9th Internet Explorer will block out-of-date ActiveX controls. Note: The original post stated that the ActiveX blocking would begin on August 12th. Please refer to the addendum for further details. ActiveX controls are small apps that let Web sites provide content, like videos and games, and let you interact with content like toolbars. Unfortunately, because many ActiveX controls aren’t automatically...
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    The Mobile Web should just work for everyone

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    Update 8/4/2014 - Developers can now preview these updates by joining the Windows Phone Preview for Developers or downloading the Windows Phone 8.1 Update Emulator . Details on platform changes described in this post can be found on MSDN . We have also published updated best practices on updating tailored sites to support standards. Windows Phone 8.1 Update includes hundreds of Internet Explorer 11 enhancements that greatly increase compatibility with the mobile web. Based on your feedback...
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    Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

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    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners...
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    July 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-037 - Critical This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer...
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    Vertical writing mode improvements in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 June 2014 update improves and advances vertical writing mode layout. This enables features such as constant center baseline and ruby positioning preserving line height. Together, those improvements enable rich, interactive textbooks and publications for locales supporting vertical writing mode, such as Japanese locale. To get hands on experience and see the improvements please try the Vertical Writing Mode Improvements Test Drive : Center baseline allows characters and...
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    Passwords in IE11

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    Today’s Web relies on passwords as a form of authentication, which means people have to log into a variety of different services every day. Not only is typing passwords on touch devices cumbersome, but people are creating weak passwords and using the same password for every site, making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Having a secure, reliable password manager is the best method for encouraging people to create strong, unique passwords for every site.    With Internet Explorer 11, we’ve...
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    Announcing Internet Explorer Developer Channel

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    Summary: Go get the new Internet Explorer Developer Channel at devchannel.modern.IE ! Just a few weeks ago , we talked about creating a more open dialog between the IE team and the Web development community. Today we’re excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we’re working on. The Developer Channel is available for download today...
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