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  • Blog Post: What's new in F12 with Windows 8.1 Update

    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...
  • Blog Post: Enhanced Rich Editing Experiences in IE11

    With Internet Explorer 11, Web-based applications and sites can offer rich editing experiences enabling users to easily capture and share data. Online and cloud-based content creation scenarios, such as e-mail and Web-based document editing—including Office 365, rely on the contentEditable feature...
  • Blog Post: Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings

    When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default...
  • Blog Post: Add-ons, and Opting out of Google Analytics Without Them

    Recently, Google made available the “ Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on .” This add-on enables consumers to “indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.” We agree that making it easy for consumers to protect their privacy is...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Developer Tools: Network Tab

    At MIX 10 we released the IE9 Platform Preview and showed some of the included developer tools. You can access these tools by pressing F12, or click Developer Tools on the Debug menu when you use the Platform Preview. The developer tools include some new capabilities and improvements over the tools...
  • 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: Supporting Web Standards Development with SuperPreview

    This post is a guest post from Steve Guttman, of the Expression Web team. Expression Web has created an interesting tool, SuperPreview, which we thought the IE blog audience would be interested in. Internet Explorer 8 is an important release because it reconfirms Microsoft’s commitment to interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Guidelines for add-on developers

    It’s well understood that the typical computer users today spend much of their time in their web browser, making it the most important software on their computer. Users expect their browsers to be easy to use, fast, stable and secure. Over the past few months, users have downloaded thousands of great...
  • Blog Post: Preventing Operation Aborted Scenarios

    This post follows up on my original Operation Aborted post to provide some additional information and assistance for web site owners or 3 rd party script libraries. Recap Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, I blogged about an error that can occur on some websites that generate content via script....
  • Blog Post: How to make IE open new tabs faster

    Browser add-ons are a great way to enhance the experience and capabilities of your Web browser. Add-ons are loaded by IE when you open a new browser window or tab. This is usually a quick process, but certain add-ons may cause IE to take a longer time than expected. For example, after installing Skype...
  • Blog Post: Session Cookies, sessionStorage, and IE8 or “How can I log into two webmail accounts at the same time?”

    For Internet Explorer 8, we’ve made browser session handling a lot simpler. For instance, say you want to have two Hotmail windows open, each logged into a different account. Simply click the New Session item on the File menu, and a new browser window will open. The new browser window will not share...
  • Blog Post: Customization in IE8

    I am a user interface tester on the Internet Explorer team and one of my favorite things about any application is the ability to personalize the program to give it your own look and feel. I am never content with ubiquitous one-size–fits-all solutions and really look forward to products that value...
  • Blog Post: I found a web page that doesn't work, now what?

    We’ve previously blogged about Compatibility View ; this post is a follow-up on compatibility and Internet Explorer 8 RC1. As you are browsing the web with Internet Explorer 8 RC1, you might come across some web sites where everything is not displayed correctly: These issues can be fixed by...
  • Blog Post: Personalize IE8 through Services

    One of the things that I learned from working on IE is that there are common patterns of how users browse the web, yet what they browse varies person to person. We designed Visual Search Suggestions, Accelerators, and Web Slices to simplify common patterns with the flexibility for you to customize these...
  • Blog Post: User Experience Changes since Beta 2

    Since the release of Internet Explorer 8 beta 2, we’ve listened, watched and learned a lot about how people use the new features and our focus has been to refine them for RC1 (the Release Candidate). This post will give you an overview of the end user changes we’ve made which we’ll discuss in detail...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1

    Hello all, Just like for previous beta releases, I am going to guide you through the upgrade steps for Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (IE8 RC1). Before we begin, let me summarize the major changes you will see when installing IE8 RC1: If you are a Windows Vista or Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Common Issues in Assessing Browser Performance

    I’m Christian Stockwell, a Program Manager on the IE team focused on browser performance. Measuring the overall performance of websites and web browsers is important for users comparing the performance characteristics of competitive browsers, developers optimizing their websites for download times...
  • Blog Post: New Accessibility Features in IE8

    Hi, my name is JP Gonzalez-Castellan and I’m the Accessibility Program Manager for IE8. The IE team has been working towards making IE8 the most accessible browser possible, and we wanted to detail some of the work we’ve done toward this end. In this post I will provide you with some background on Accessibility...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Group Policy

    Hi. In previous posts I talked about the IE8 IEAK and new event logging for IE8 in the Application Compatibility Toolkit . Today, I’m going to discuss the improvements we made to Group Policy support for Internet Explorer 8. Background For those of you who might be new to Group Policy, here...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Tab Grouping

    Hi, my name is Helen Drislane, I am a program manager on the IE team responsible for some of the user interface including tabs and I‘m going to discuss the new Tab Grouping feature (tab color!) with you. We had a lot of fun putting this feature together, so I am going to explain a little bit about the...
  • Blog Post: Hello, World: Getting Started with IE8 Visual Search

    Hello, My name is Sébastien Zimmermann. I’m the developer owner for the Visual Search Feature , which Sharon already described in detail. I also own the Accelerators Button Feature , and during IE7 worked on Setup and Phishing Filter—now “ SmartScreen® Filter ”. In this post, I would like to get...
  • Blog Post: The IE8 Smart Address Bar Part II: A Few More Features

    In an earlier post , we introduced the new IE8 Smart Address Bar dropdown functionality. Now we thought we’d spend some time discussing some of its less obvious features in more detail. More about the IE8 Smart Address Bar Autocomplete Suggestion With Windows Search installed, IE8 makes an attempt...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CSS Vendor Extensions

    As you may know, all browsers have a set of CSS features that are either considered a vendor extension (e.g. - ms-interpolation-mode ), are partial implementations of properties that are fully defined in the CSS specifications, or are implementation of properties that exist in the CSS specifications...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Compatibility View

    At the start of the Internet Explorer 8 project we made a commitment to great website compatibility. It’s worth noting that this commitment hasn’t changed, even given the short-term impact of our announcement to better align with Microsoft’s interoperability principles. In other words, compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

    I am here to tell you how to upgrade to IE8 Beta 2. IE8 Beta 2 system requirements are the same as IE8 Beta 1 and it’s currently available in English, Chinese Simplified, German and Japanese. Stay tuned for more localized IE8 Beta 2 versions to be available shortly. Windows XP or Windows Server 2003...
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