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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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    June 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-035 - Critical This security update resolves two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities and fifty-seven privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to...
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    Launching status.modern.ie & Internet Explorer platform priorities

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    At //build 2014 , we talked about our commitment to building a deeper partnership with Web developers. We started by launching the beta of status.modern.ie which included a first peek at features in development for the next version of Internet Explorer. The positive reception has been great to see, along with the feedback on what could improve. This is a big deal. IE is finally opening up. http://t.co/WHhhMTh2Eq — Domenic Denicola (@domenic) April 3, 2014 Later in April, @IEDevChat...
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    Support a Live Tile for your website on Windows and Windows Phone 8.1

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    tl;dr : Have an RSS feed? Build a Live Tile for your Web site within minutes at buildmypinnedsite.com . Enabling Web powered Start screens With Internet Explorer, users can put their favorite Web sites right beside their favorite apps by pinning them to the Windows and Windows Phone Start Screens. Pinning Web sites from IE gives users immediate access to these sites from the Start Screen without having to navigate to them repeatedly. When users pin your site, they have indicated that they...
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    May 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-029 - Critical This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less...
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    What’s new in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone

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    You may have been hearing bits and pieces of news about IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1, and we’re excited to share the full scoop on user experience improvements with you today! Our team has been laser focused on delivering a massive upgrade to four key areas of your browsing experience: quick site access, fast and fluid browsing, safety and privacy, and accessibility. Look out for separate posts coming soon about what’s new for Web developers in the release. Quick site access Everyone...
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    What's new in F12 with Windows 8.1 Update

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    We are excited to announce a set of substantial updates to the developer tools in IE, (F12) as well as in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. The updates in F12 accompany the new releases in IE11. Previously , we described the capabilities of F12, and its focus on a fast, iterative workflow, on providing accurate data in the DOM Explorer and on providing actionable data in the memory and performance tools. As you use F12 with this update, you will notice enhancements for the following: A tighter...
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    April 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-018 - Critical This security update resolves six privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less...
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    Stay up to date with Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

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    Microsoft is taking an important step towards helping businesses stay up to date with the latest software, services, and devices. Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11, announced today as an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, provides better compatibility for older versions of Internet Explorer and tools to manage which Web apps use it. Businesses can benefit from the modern Web standards, better performance, and increased security of our latest browser, while extending existing investments...
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    Announcing an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 - available on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1

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    Today we’re excited to announce an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 available with the Windows 8.1 Update and for our Windows 7 customers as well as the debut of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows 8.1 Update will be available for download today on MSDN and TechNet , with automatic updates beginning April 8th for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. We are also launching two new experiences today – 22Tracks and FishGL – so you can explore what’s...
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    Building Better Input Experience for East Asian Users with the IME API in IE11

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    During the development of Internet Explorer 11, we proposed and implemented a new set of IME APIs to the Web Applications Working Group for a better input experience for East Asian users. These discussions resulted in changes to the Editor’s Draft of the W3C IME API. This API enables developers to build a tightly integrated experience between the IME that East Asian users rely on to type in their local languages and the UI that developers create to assist input, for example a search suggestion list...
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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-012 - Critical

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    This security update resolves sixteen privately reported and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users...
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    Certificate reputation, a novel approach for protecting users from fraudulent certificates

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    At the IETF in London last week, we presented a proposal called Certificate Reputation for detecting fraudulent certificates, in order to protect you from attackers that could have stolen a site’s identity. This prevents malicious sites from phishing your personal information like passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers etc. Recent attacks against public and Microsoft CAs (e.g. the DigiNotar and Comodo attacks) led us to develop mechanisms that protect you from such threats. Background...
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    Introducing Reading View in IE 11

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    In IE11, you can click or tap a button in the address bar to put a Web page article into reading view. Reading view is a new feature in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 that helps you focus on the main content of the Web page you want to read. Reading view is a way to experience just the article or blog post you want to read, without the distractions of related (or unrelated) content surrounding the story. Find an article you want to read, switch to reading view, and settle into a great reading...
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    February 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-010 - Critical This security update resolves twenty-three privately reported and one publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user...
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    modern.IE Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary and 1 Million Hours Saved

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    Since the launch of modern.IE in January of 2013, developers taking advantage of the free virtual testing tools on the site have collectively saved over 1 million hours testing time . Join us in congratulating the team on the anniversary and the milestone. Learn more about the anniversary over at the Exploring IE blog and more about the resources on the site from our December post. Happy Anniversary @IEDevChat!
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    Happy Holidays from the IE Team!

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    In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share some GPU-powered HTML5 and CSS3 holiday cheer. Check out Holiday Lites to brighten your screen and test your browser’s layout and rendering performance. This demo shows how IE11 updates content incrementally rather than needing to layout and render the entire page after every DOM manipulation. It uses a broad range of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Border-Image, Flexbox, MP3 Audio, Power Efficient timers, and more. Check out Holiday Lites...
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    IE11 Virtual Machines Now Available on modern.IE

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    With the recent release of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 , we have added IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions. We have also updated all of the virtual machines based on your feedback, to make browser testing easier. The VMs are available for free for the purpose of testing your site on all versions of Internet Explorer; regardless of your development platform. The images...
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    Understanding the Real-World Performance of your Web Application Across IE11 and Other Browsers

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    Together with Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and other community leaders, the W3C Web Performance working group has standardized the Navigation Timing , Resource Timing , User Timing , and Performance Timeline interfaces to help you understand the real-world performance of navigating, fetching resources, and running scripts in your Web application. You can use these interfaces to capture and analyze how your real-world customers are experiencing your Web application, instead of relying on synthetic...
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    December 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-097 - Critical This security update resolves seven privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less...
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    Getting to the Content You Want, Faster in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 helps overcome the effects of network latency, making every day browsing feel fast and responsive without hurting battery life, CPU, network bandwidth, or memory. Network latency is a problem that holds back Web performance, even though we enjoy more bandwidth now than ever before. IE11 reduces the effects of network latency by downloading and preloading pages and Web resources in the background, downloading multiple resources in parallel using the SPDY/3 protocol, and prioritizing...
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