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  • Blog Post: Stay up to date with Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

    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...
  • Blog Post: modern.IE Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary and 1 Million Hours Saved

    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...
  • Blog Post: Flash in Windows 8

    Starting tomorrow, we are updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop. As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with...
  • Blog Post: modern.IE – A new set of tools to help test web site compatibility

    Yesterday, we launched modern.IE , a new set of tools and resources to help developers test their sites for the over 50% of users who run various versions of Internet Explorer. modern.IE includes a wizard that scans a Web page URL for common interoperability problems and suggests some ideas for how to...
  • Blog Post: Web Platform Docs Debuts with Developer Resources

    Today, we are taking another step forward in helping developers achieve the goal of interoperability through same markup. We’re happy to be part of creating Web Platform Docs (WPD) , a new W3C hosted community resource for developers and designers who use open Web standards. For developers the Web is...
  • Blog Post: Optical Zooming in Legacy Document Modes

    Internet Explorer 9 introduced sub-pixel font positioning as part of its hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML5 content as described in this IEBlog post . That was an important step into the future as it enabled zoom-independent text metrics—an important characteristic when pinch-zoom is...
  • Blog Post: Legacy DX Filters Removed from IE10 Release Preview

    Internet Explorer’s commitment to achieving the goal of consistent “same markup, same results” across browsers is evidenced, in part, by IE9’s and IE10’s addition of CSS3 features that enable Web sites to move to standards-based features for their graphical effects. Earlier we wrote that Internet...
  • Blog Post: Building cross-browser plugin-free experiences

    We've talked about how the transition to a plug-in free Web is happening today. Lots of Web browsing happens on devices that simply don’t support plug-ins. Web sites that use plug-ins need to understand what their customers experience when browsing plug-in free . In case you missed it, check out Rey...
  • Blog Post: IE10 Compat Inspector

    Compat Inspector is now available for IE10. Use Compat Inspector to quickly identify if Internet Explorer platform changes affect your site. Whether you're preparing for IE10 or still updating for IE9, run Compat Inspector on any page experiencing problems. Then watch for messages explaining potential...
  • Blog Post: Interoperable HTML5 Quirks Mode in IE10

    The fourth IE10 platform preview includes enhanced HTML5 support by using an interoperable quirks mode based on the behavior defined in HTML5. This HTML5-based quirks mode is the default quirks mode in IE10. Users and Web developers want sites to just work across browsers. A key part...
  • Blog Post: Moving to Standards-based Web Graphics in IE10

    Users expect to visit any site on the Internet with any browser and enjoy a similar quality experience. We first discussed Internet Explorer’s commitment to achieving the goal of consistent “same markup, same results” across browsers in a post on March 16, 2010 announcing the release...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 4: Protecting Consumers from Malicious Mixed Content

    Mixed content on a Web page puts consumers at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks, especially as consumers spend more time browsing from untrusted public networks (like free WiFi in coffee shops and airports). An attacker can view page content that a consumer expected to be delivered securely, and even...
  • Blog Post: IE 9.0.1 Available via Windows Update

    The June 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update . This security update resolves seven vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that were disclosed in coordination with Microsoft. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Compat Inspector

    With IE9 now released , we want you to serve IE the same markup as you do for other browsers, and make sure your site works great running in IE9 standards mode. We recently blogged about preparing your site for IE9 , and you can check out the Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook...
  • Blog Post: A More Compatible IE9, Through Your Feedback

    Throughout IE9, we have written about how users and developers expect browsers to be compatible with the sites they use every day. This blog post covers a few ways we measure and ensure compatibility with the Web and how your feedback made a difference . Measuring compatibility...
  • Blog Post: IE9’s Document Modes and JavaScript

    Internet Explorer 9 standards document mode enables the same markup and same script to work across browsers. You should use Internet Explorer 9 standards document mode to take advantage of new features in the ECMAScript, Fifth Edition standard (ES5) and IE9’s enhanced DOM programmability ....
  • Blog Post: Preparing Your Site for IE9

    As we have blogged about many times , one of our top goals for IE9 is enabling developers to utilize the same markup and code (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) across all modern browsers. Part of enabling the same markup means changing existing Web platform behavior for standards-compliance and...
  • 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: Sub-pixel Fonts in IE9

    Internet Explorer 9 introduces sub-pixel ClearType® font positioning as part of its hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML5 content. With IE9 now in beta, we’re getting a lot of feedback and questions about this feature. The bulk of this post describes issues Web developers should be aware...
  • Blog Post: Testing sites with Browser Mode vs. Doc Mode

    With site developers verifying that their sites run well in IE9 and taking advantage of the new HTML5 capabilities and better performance in IE9’s Standards mode, now is a good time to recap how to use Browser Mode and Document Mode to test sites for IE9 and previous IE versions. In summary, developers...
  • Blog Post: IE9’s faster, more capable Compatibility View List

    We have talked about our goal with IE9 to run the same standards-based markup as other browsers by default. It is also our goal for IE9 to successfully run the Web that you browse today. For sites that are designed to run in older versions of IE, IE9 includes support for compatible document modes and...
  • Blog Post: Enhanced Scripting in IE9: ECMAScript 5 Support and More

    Up to this point we have mostly talked about improved JavaScript performance in Internet Explorer 9 but we haven’t said much about any new or changed language features in the “Chakra” engine. Now, with the third Platform Preview, we can tell you about JavaScript feature enhancements...
  • Blog Post: IE’s Compatibility Features for Site Developers

    Site developers have been clear that they want interoperability and standards compliance (or “Same markup”) for newer technologies as well as backward compatibility for their existing sites. After reading questions and comments on the last few compatibility-related blog posts , I thought...
  • Blog Post: Same Markup: Writing Cross-Browser Code

    I recently presented a session at MIX10 covering the topic of cross-browser best practices. The key focus of the session was not on a particular feature, but on how web developers can reliably write code that adapts to cross-browser differences. IE9 reduces these differences and enables developers...
  • Blog Post: Running today’s different markup

    I want to follow-up on comments from a previous post that asked questions about how many modes and rendering engines are in IE9. It’s worth noting that all browsers have multiple modes . This post is about the different modes in IE9 and the scenarios they accommodate. First, there is IE9’s Standards...
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