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  • Blog Post: Developer Guidance for Web Sites with Flash Content in Windows 8

    The Windows 8 Release Preview includes a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash content on compatible Web sites will now play in Metro style IE10. Metro style IE10 with Flash on Windows 8 enables people to see more of the Web working with high quality, especially compared...
  • Blog Post: Web Sites and a Plug-in Free Web

    The transition to a plug-in free Web is happening today. Any site that uses plug-ins needs to understand what their customers experience when browsing plug-in free. Lots of Web browsing today happens on devices that simply don’t support plug-ins. Even browsers that do support plug-ins offer many...
  • Blog Post: Browsing Without Plug-ins

    Because more and more browsing takes place on an ever wider variety of devices, and browsers on them, more and more consumers are browsing without plug-ins. Delivering a great site experience to consumers who browse the Web plug-in free is important work that sites must do to reach the widest audience...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Flash Player 10.3: Hardware-Accelerated Rendering in IE9

    Adobe Flash Player 10.3 delivers super-fast graphics by plugging into the Internet Explorer 9 hardware-accelerated rendering pipeline using IE9’s ISurfacePresenter interface. Recently, some of you may have seen this rendering issue with Flash content on some pages: Screen shots of...
  • Blog Post: Staying in Control of Your Default Search Provider

    One of our guiding principles in Internet Explorer is to keep users in control of their browser. This applies to settings like the home page , enabled add-ons , and the default search provider. Sometimes, 3rd party software changes the consumer’s default search provider without their consent . Consumers...
  • Blog Post: Deleting “Flash Cookies” Made Easier

    If you follow Web Privacy issues, you’ve probably heard about “ Flash Cookies .” In the same manner that Web developers can use HTTP Cookies to store data, developers who use Adobe Flash Player on their Web site can use Flash Cookies to store data. Internet Explorer users are accustomed to deleting their...
  • Blog Post: ActiveX Filtering for Developers

    When we introduced ActiveX Filtering with the IE9 Release Candidate, we focused on delivering a great user experience that stays out of the way from regular browsing and makes it easy for users to turn off filtering when they want to. At the same time, we want users to have a great experience...
  • Blog Post: Add-ons and IE Reliability

    Third-party software (such as add-ons ) causes many of the crashes you experience in IE. From an analysis of the error reports submitted during IE9 Beta, third-party code accounts for around 70% of all the crashes in IE. While we work hard to improve IE9’s reliability in-house, it’s equally...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Add-on Performance Advisor

    The Add-on Performance Advisor helps you stay in control of your browsing experience with add-ons. Since we introduced this feature in IE9 Beta, the positive and constructive feedback you provided enabled us to adjust the functionality while maintaining its original goals. You can experience...
  • Blog Post: ActiveX Filtering for Consumers

    ActiveX Filtering in the IE9 Release Candidate gives you greater control over how Web pages run on your PC. With ActiveX Filtering, you can turn off ActiveX controls for all Web sites and then turn them back on selectively as you see fit. While ActiveX controls like Adobe Flash are important for Web...
  • Blog Post: IE9’s Assistive Technology Interface Enhancements

    IE9 introduces improvements to the interfaces used by assistive technologies (ATs) to enhance the accessibility of Internet Explorer. These changes relate to IE9’s switch to hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML content. Previously, some accessibility tools depended on IE’s GDI-based rendering to scrape...
  • Blog Post: Add-on Performance Part 3: Optimizing Add-on Startup Performance

    In the first post of this series, we described how add-ons can decrease IE’s performance during tab creation. Many users with add-ons enabled have noticed a performance improvement when they open new tabs after disabling their add-ons. We also walked you through how to measure add-on performance...
  • Blog Post: Add-ons: Feedback on Add-on Performance Advisor

    Typically in blog posts we focus on the negative feedback we’ve heard, and the changes we make in the product as a result. In this post, we’re going to do something a little different. Below, we share the public feedback about the add-on performance advisor that we’ve heard, as well...
  • Blog Post: Add-ons: Detecting and Displaying Add-on Version Numbers

    In the past months we worked with add-on developers to release new versions of their add-ons that follow IE’s guidelines and requirements for add-on development. We used the Upgrade Advisor to help update their users to the new versions. Some add-on vendors asked how IE determines and displays an add...
  • Blog Post: Add-ons: Staying in control of your browsing experience

    In recent posts we discussed the various ways that add-ons can impact browsing performance . We shared some data about add-on performance , described how we measure performance and included guidance to help add-on developers do the same. These efforts help us drive improvements to the quality of the...
  • Blog Post: Add-ons, Measuring Performance

    After our recent posts on add-ons performance and installation experiences , we’ve seen some questions from developers. This post answers a few of the more common questions, and offers suggestions about what developers can do to improve the add-on experience. In this post , we described what IE measures...
  • Blog Post: Add-on Performance part 2: Helping consumers make informed decisions

    The platform previews show the focus in IE9 on performance, interoperable HTML5 through same markup, and hardware acceleration. We’ve also posted here about the work we’ve done with add-on developers , and we shared some data about add-on performance and how we measure it. In this post...
  • Blog Post: Add-on Guidelines and Requirements in Action – Upgrade Advisor

    We’ve blogged in the past about guidelines and requirements that we’ve published to help add-on developers create quality add-ons.  We wrote these guidelines based on years of providing support to users and developers in response to questions from the developer community. We’ve shared several great...
  • Blog Post: Add-on Performance Part 1: Measuring Add-on Performance

    In previous posts, we’ve written about the ways we’re making IE9 much faster, like the new script engine that uses multiple cores, and the new rendering subsystem that uses the dedicated graphics chip found on modern PCs. Another aspect of browser performance involves the external code that...
  • Blog Post: Privacy, Add-ons, and Cookie-less HTTP Requests

    A recent article incorrectly suggested that Internet Explorer add-ons must send and store cookies when making HTTP requests. That’s simply not true-- Internet Explorer APIs enable add-ons to respect the user’s privacy and not leak information. Existing APIs are available to add-ons running...
  • Blog Post: Add-on Guidelines and Requirements in Action – Google Toolbar

    Good add-ons are an important aspect of keeping IE running stable and fast. We made managing add-ons easier for users . We also made developing quality add-ons easier with clear guidelines and requirements for add-on developers . When users can stay in control of their browser and their information...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Add-ons for IE8

    Hi, In this post, I will introduce you to some of the most compelling Facebook add-ons for Internet Explorer 8. Share with Facebook Accelerator The Share with Facebook Accelerator allows you to share any text, link, or page with your Facebook friends with a single click. You can use this accelerator...
  • Blog Post: CSS Crunch: new IE Extension for developers

    There are many tools in the market that allow you to customize your pages' cascading style sheets (CSS), but there are actually a very few that do the opposite—scan for all the CSS rules in the document and remove those that are not used. Cleaning out the CSS will not only reduce the bandwidth impact...
  • Blog Post: Search Providers: Best Practices on Setting the Default

    This post describes a set of best practices for setting the default search provider. Our goal continues to be keeping users in control of their browser, following our published Guidelines and Requirements for add-on development. If you write software that modifies Internet Explorer’s search settings...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Flash Now Supports InPrivate Browsing

    As a web browser, Internet Explorer is a platform for many kinds of add-ons (here are some great examples ). IE users generally don’t distinguish between add-ons and Internet Explorer when it comes to performance , reliability , or privacy . They just use IE and expect it to work. That’s why the best...
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