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    SmartScreen® Application Reputation – Building Reputation

    With the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) beta in September we introduced IE9's new application reputation feature and more recently we provided a summary of how this fits into the overall layered approach to security . With the final release of IE9 now available, we want to share some additional information about application reputation, clarify how code signing impacts the IE experience, and reiterate industry best practices that application developers should consider. SmartScreen...
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    User Experiences: An Insight into Our Design Process

    We wrote about the critical role your feedback plays in helping us refine Internet Explorer. We also described some of the user experience changes in IE9 Release Candidate that were inspired by that feedback. With this post, we provide a deeper insight into our design process by looking at a tab pinning improvement we shipped in the IE9 Release Candidate. Pin Sites via Tab Drag The ability to pin a site is a new feature in IE9. People can get quick access to their ...
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    A Web Standard Quickly: W3C Navigation Timing reaches Candidate Recommendation

    Sometimes Web standards can converge quickly . The W3C standard for Navigation Timing started about six months ago in the newly chartered Web Performance Working Group . The working group’s objective is to provide interoperable features that enable developers to measure and improve performance of their Web applications. Navigation Timing is the first specification from this this W3C working group, and in only six months went from a Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation . The community and...
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    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 interoperability. We have published and updated the list of changes to the platform in the IE9 Guide for Developers along with platform previews so that developers have an opportunity to try new...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Network Performance Improvements

    The browser’s networking subsystem is a crucial component for delivering a high-performance Web experience. In today’s post, I’ll demonstrate this using some real-world measurements, showing that even in a “fast” network environment, the network time dominates the time spent in other subsystems that affect page load time. Next, I’ll provide a brief tutorial of how Web browsers use the network, and outline the improvements we’ve made in Internet Explorer 9...
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    HTML5 Video Update—WebM for IE9

    Today IE9 can play HTML5 video in both the industry-standard H.264 format and the newer WebM format. With the WebM Project ’s release of WebM Components for IE9 (Preview) , Windows customers running IE9 can play WebM videos in Web pages. IE9 is the only browser today committed to supporting both formats directly. In the newly published Video Format Support demo at the IE Test Drive site, you can try out for yourself Web pages with both video formats on them in different browsers...
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    IE9 Release Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

    The final, consumer-ready Internet Explorer 9 is available for download starting at 9:00 PM PDT at in 39 languages. With this set of browser releases, the best experience of the Web is on Windows. IE9 shows how your Web experience and browser are only as good as the operating system they run on: Fast . With IE9, the Web delivers a new level of performance by unlocking the power of the PC hardware through Windows. Clean . With IE9, consumers can keep...
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    Web Tracking Protection: Minimum Standards and Opportunities to Innovate

    In this blog post, we discuss why Microsoft strongly supports self-regulation, how the final version of IE9 will implement the Do Not Track User Preference as a secondary method, and why we will continue to provide features well beyond the minimum standards to keep consumers in control of their safety and privacy. Industry Complexity and Self-Regulation Microsoft has worked diligently in the area of online privacy and Web tracking protection to propose industry solutions and...
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    SVG Open 2011: Where SVG meets the Web

    SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a key aspect of HTML5, bringing W3C-standard DOM-based vector graphics to the Web. IE9 implements the core modules of SVG 1.1 (Second Edition) and does so in a fully hardware-accelerated manner, like the rest of IE9’s fully hardware-accelerated HTML5. We blogged about SVG in IE9 ( here and here ), our involvement in the W3C SVG Working Group ( here , here , here , and here ), and our attendance at SVG Open 2010 ( here and here ). ...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 3: Browse More Securely with Pinned Sites

    The Pinned Sites feature introduced in IE9 Beta is a great way to integrate your favorite sites into the Windows 7 user experience. Better still, there are five significant security benefits in creating and using Pinned Sites for secure applications like online banking. First , when you pin a site you trust to your taskbar, and get in the habit of using that pinned icon to launch your secure experience, you can avoid clicking on links in emails, reducing the likelihood of a phishing attack luring...
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    Safer and Faster Downloads in IE9

    IE9’s download notification bar helps you focus on your browsing and keeps downloads out of your way. It streamlines the “quick download” scenarios which account for a majority of downloads. Overall, the IE9 file download experience offers: a streamlined end-to-end download flow, the ability to pause and resume downloads, improved trust and confidence using the SmartScreen Application Reputation service, and easy management of downloaded files with a simple history view. Responding to Feedback Over...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 2: Protection from Socially Engineered Attacks

    As Eric introduced in his post earlier this week, Internet Explorer offers layered defenses to protect against and mitigate each of three major classes of threats that browser users face when surfing the sometimes-hostile Web: Technological attacks designed to exploit the browser or operating system Web attacks designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Web sites Social engineering attacks against the user’s trust Today’s post discusses how IE8 and IE9 can help protect users from the third class of attacks...
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    Blogging IE9: A Year in Review

    With the IE9 final release just ahead , we want to recap the last year or so of blogging with an index to our posts. We’re organizing this index around the themes in the IE9 product as well as the blog posts: Releases & Updates: IE9 from an Early Look to Release Candidate Feedback & Voice: Engaging the Community Performance and Measurement: Building a Faster Browser to Enable a Faster Web The Platform, Web Standards, and Developers Safety & Privacy, and the Sometimes Hostile Web Consumer...
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    Comparing Hardware Accelerated SVG across Browsers with Santa’s Workshop

    Internet Explorer 9 fully hardware-accelerates the entire Web platform. Different browsers take different approaches to hardware acceleration. These differences result in different levels of performance. Today we look at Santa’s Workshop , one of the entertaining Test Drive demos we released during the holiday season, and see how the different approaches to hardware acceleration benefit consumers and developers. Pack as Many Presents as Possible The goal of Santa’s Workshop is to pack as many presents...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 1: Enhanced Memory Protections

    Internet Explorer offers layered defenses to protect against and mitigate each of three major classes of threats that browser users face when surfing the sometimes-hostile Web: Technological attacks designed to exploit the browser or operating system Web attacks designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Web sites Social engineering attacks against the user’s trust Today’s post covers how browsers’ memory protections mitigate threats in the first class. Preventing Reliable Exploitation The goal of these...
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    jQuery 1.5.1 Supports IE9

    Last week the jQuery team announced the release of jQuery 1.5.1 . This is a bug fix release to jQuery 1.5 that includes a particularly exciting note: “jQuery now supports Internet Explorer 9 as a top level browser.” This means all known issues with IE9 have been resolved and new issues will be resolved before future versions of jQuery are released. On behalf of the IE team, I want to thank the jQuery team and contributors for their efforts to support IE9 and for their continued work on an awesome...
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    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 experiences today for videos and more, some consumers may want to limit how they run for security, performance, or other reasons. In this post, we’ll show how you can improve your browsing experience...
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    Web Tracking Protection: An Emerging Internet Standard that Helps Protect Consumers from Tracking

    Today, the W3C has accepted and published Microsoft’s member submission for an Internet standard to help protect consumer privacy. This announcement from the Web standards body responsible for HTML5 is an important step forward for people and businesses that interact online. The privacy concerns from consumers and academics and governments world-wide have both technical and non-technical aspects. Addressing these concerns will involve technology. The W3C’s involvement provides the...
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    IE9 Feedback: Platform Previews through Beta

    Thanks for your Feedback! When we released the first IE9 Platform Preview, we talked about the importance of feedback. Since that first release last March, we’ve released six more platform previews , an IE9 Beta , and a bug-fix update to that Beta and the IE9 RC . We want to thank everyone who provided feedback during the last nine months. Sharing your experiences with the IE Test Drive and Testing Center while testing your sites for compatibility and trying out new features like Pinned...
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    W3C Geolocation API in IE9

    IE9 RC includes support for the W3C Geolocation API , which enables Web developers to request the user’s physical location. This capability is useful for many Web sites, especially those that are already location-aware. For example, mapping services can now center the map based on where you actually are. Sites that let you check in can recommend nearby places. Local search can work more reliability. Internet Explorer respects your privacy . With your permission, Web sites can obtain your approximate...
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    User Experiences – Listen, Learn, Refine

    Your feedback is an essential part of how we refine the user experience for the final product. The IE9 beta reached millions of users around the world (over 25 million downloads), and we received a lot of feedback – a total of over 17,000 pieces of feedback since the start of IE9. The extensive reach of the beta gives us the opportunity to learn how users really use the product. Your feedback and opt-in user instrumentation are used to better understand your experiences with IE9. By listening to...
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    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 information from Web sites. Since IE9 has no GDI-based rendering, these features do not work with IE9. Anticipating this problem, Microsoft has worked closely with assistive technology vendors (ATVs...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate available via Automatic Update

    Starting today, Monday, February 14, 2011, the Automatic Update (AU) feature of Windows Update (WU) will offer users of Internet Explorer 9 Beta an upgrade to the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over the next few days to cover all Internet Explorer 9 Beta users. This post provides information on how the Automatic Update delivery will work and announces the release of Internet Explorer 9 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit. How IE9 RC Automatic...
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    IE9 on Windows Phone

    Today’s announcement that IE9 will come to Windows Phone reflects our commitment to deliver the best experience of the Web on Windows. IE9 on the desktop provides consumers and developers with great HTML5 support that takes full advantage of the hardware for great performance. IE9 on Windows Phones will as well. We’ve worked closely across the Windows Phone and IE teams over the last few months to deliver the same IE9 browsing engine—the same code, the same standards support, the same hardware acceleration...
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    Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download

    The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows. IE9 also reflects a more open and transparent approach with its regular cadence of platform previews for developers and enthusiasts. With the Release Candidate, we’ve taken to heart over 17,000 pieces of feedback about IE9. You will find the product has made progress on all fronts—performance and standards, user...
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