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    IE7 Phishing Filter Performance Update is Now Available

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    This update addresses an issue experienced by some users where CPU usage is high when they are navigating a page that contains multiple frames or when multiple frames are navigated simultaneously. This occurs when the phishing filter evaluates the page for each navigation, resulting in multiple simultaneous evaluations for the same page. If you have experienced any such performance issues, you are encouraged to download and install this update. This update is now available on Windows Update...
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    Working Together for a Better Web

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    Hi Everyone! I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Molly E. Holzschlag , and I’m excited to announce that I’ve signed on with the Internet Explorer team on a contract basis to work on standards and interoperability issues. Many readers of the IEBlog will be familiar with the Web Standards Project (WaSP). As the departing Group Lead for WaSP and as an invited expert to the W3C, my work has in the past focused on the creation and evangelism of Web standards. In an effort to develop proactive, cooperative...
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    Feeds Plus

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    Over the summer, our interns Chrix Finne and Nate Furtwangler developed an IE add-on, Feeds Plus , that aggregates feeds and displays pop-up notifications to enhance your IE7 feed reading experience. Chrix posted on the RSS Team Blog about the details of Feeds Plus (and a little about his intern experience). Enjoy! Sean Lyndersay Lead Program Manager, RSS
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    Upcoming IE Conferences and Events

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    One of the things I really like about my job is getting out to conferences and events where I can meet you guys. It’s a great opportunity to get feedback from you, and to learn more about our developers and users. It’s also a great opportunity for you to get to know the IE Team. We’re really not a bunch of faceless developers, testers and PM’s. In the past, we haven’t announced what conferences and events we were attending, it was always kind of a surprise, but we are going to try and improve...
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    Getting The Most From IEAK7

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    Hello everyone, I blogged earlier about the work we have done in IE7 for IT Pros. For those of you who are interested in greater detail, I would like to point you to the recent article published in Technet magazine, titled Utility Spotlight: Internet Explorer Administration Kit . This article is available in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. We are also in the process of writing...
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    100 Million IE7 Installations!

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    I’m pleased to report that on January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation. However, even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to websites in the US were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as we complete our final localized versions, scale up AU distribution, and with the consumer availability of...
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    Security Update for Windows Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language

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    Hi folks, this is Geoff again, IE Program Manager focused on security updates. A Windows Security Update was released today for a vulnerability in the Windows VML (vector markup language) component that can result in remote code execution. Although this is not an IE code vulnerability, we feel it is important to mention that IE can be used as an attack vector for the exploit. We strongly recommend that you visit Microsoft Update or Windows Update to check for this and any other critical security...
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    IE Developer Toolbar Beta 3 - Now Available

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of a new beta of the IE Developer Toolbar . Along with all the features available previously this release contains some new features to improve the usability and help web designers troubleshoot issues on their pages. User Interface Update . You’ll notice some changes to the user interface. There is now a single button on the IE command bar that allows the user to quickly toggle on and off the bottom panel which then gives easy access to all the features. After...
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    IE Web Casts and Expert Chats for Web Designers and Developers

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    Before shipping IE7, we had regular “expert chats” where we provided you with an opportunity to ask questions and get more information about IE7 and its many features. Now that we’ve shipped, we’re going to start bringing back regular events for web developers and web designers. Every Thursday at 10am PST, we will be running either a web cast or web chat of some kind. The topics will range from CSS to RSS to HTML to add-on development, anything that you might find interesting. In fact, if you have...
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    IE+JScript Performance Recommendations Part 3: JavaScript Code Inefficiencies

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    Hello again, this is Peter Gurevich, Performance PM for IE. We have gotten a lot of good feedback from our first posts on IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations Part 1 and Part 2 , so I am eager to hear what you think of our third installment. JScript Code Inefficiencies – Chapter 2 Here we’ll be concentrating on specific inefficiencies related to closures and object oriented programming. Avoid Closures if Possible Closures (functions that refer to free variables in their lexical...
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    Thanks for a Great 2006!

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    On behalf of the IE team, I want to thank you all for a super 2006! This was a busy year for us culminating in the release of IE7 and Windows Vista. The IE Blog has been a busy place too; we made 184 posts and received 11,729 comments so far this year! We really appreciate your help in making IE7 better and the blog a rich and interesting community. We look forward to a fun and productive 2007 with you. Happy Holidays! Tony Chor Group Program Manager
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    Extended Validation (EV) SSL and Small Businesses

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    I’m Markellos Diorinos, and I am a product manager with the Internet Explorer team. Yesterday I read a story in the Wall St. Journal about how some small businesses, such as the featured Aunt Joy, will receive a lump of coal this Christmas, as they are unable to get the new EV SSL Certificates. Kelvin and Rob have previously discussed EV Certificates, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. Just like regular SSL certificates, EV SSL certificates will only be used when sensitive information...
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    Google and Web.de Release Customized IE7

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    I’m happy to note that Google and Web.de have recently released customized versions of IE7. These versions have been tailored by the two companies to provide the best experience with IE7 for their users. Like Yahoo! , USAToday.com , and others, they used the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to create these versions; this toolkit is available to all developers who want to create their own versions of IE as well as for corporations to help with configuration and deployment. You can download...
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    IE December 2006 Security Update is Now Available

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    The IE cumulative December 2006 security update is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already. This update addresses 4 security issues: 2 remote code execution vulnerabilities and 2 information disclosure vulnerabilities. For more information on the contents of this update, please see: Microsoft Security Bulletin: http://www.microsoft...
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    File URIs in Windows

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    Invalid file URIs are among the most common illegal URIs that we were forced to accommodate in IE7. As I mentioned in a previous blog post there is much confusion over how to handle file URIs. The standard for the file scheme doesn’t give specific instructions on how to convert a file system path for a specific operating system into a file URI. While the standard defines the syntax of the file scheme, it leaves the conversion from file system path to file URI up to the implementers. In this...
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    Chinese and Hebrew IE7 Released

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    We released three additional language versions of Windows Internet Explorer 7 – Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional and Hebrew. This adds to the list of previously released language versions in Arabic, Finnish, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Korean and Spanish. Download language versions of Windows Internet Explorer 7 here . More language versions of Internet Explorer 7 will be available over the next few months. Mary Hoffman Program Manager
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    IE6 and IE7 Running on a Single Machine

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    Many of you have asked how to run IE6 and IE7 in a side by side environment. As Chris Wilson blogged about early this year, it’s unfortunately not so easy to do. There are workarounds, but they are unsupported and don’t necessarily work the same way as IE6 or IE7 would work when installed properly. As Chris said, the best way to use multiple versions of IE on one machine is via virtualization. Microsoft has recently made Virtual PC 2004 a free download; we’ve taken advantage of that by releasing...
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    Flash Player 9 Update

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    Congratulations Adobe Flash team on shipping the Flash Player 9 update on Tuesday! This Flash update serves as a model implementation for how browser extensions can work with Protected Mode to keep users safe. As most of you already know, on Windows Vista, IE7 includes a special feature called Protected Mode where the IE process runs with low privileges. This helps IE significantly reduce the ability of an attack to write, alter or destroy data on the user's machine or to install malicious...
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    IE+JavaScript Performance Recommendations Part 2: JavaScript Code Inefficiencies

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    Hello again, this is Peter Gurevich, Performance PM for IE. We have gotten a lot of good feedback from our first post on IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations so I am eager to hear what you think of our second installment. This is the first of two posts concerning inefficiencies in Javascript code itself. JScript Code Inefficiencies – Chapter One There are plenty of ways to use JScript (and other Javascript engines) inefficiently since the interpreter performs almost zero optimizations...
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    IE November 2006 Security Update Now Available

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    The IE cumulative November 2006 security update is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update and I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already. This update addresses 2 security issues: 2 remote code execution vulnerabilities. For more information on the contents of this update, please see: Microsoft Knowledge Base article: MS06-067 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer...
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    More Thoughts on Measuring Anti-Phishing Accuracy

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    Some of you may have seen stories comparing IE7’s anti-phishing accuracy with our competitors, citing different studies than the one I blogged about earlier that showed IE7’s Phishing Filter had the best overall accuracy. Paul Robichaux, from 3Sharp (the company that ran the study I cited), provides his initial take on this other study here . Tony Chor Group Program Manager
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    How I'll Judge IE7 Security

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    As an engineer, I’m proud of the protections we delivered by finishing IE7 but I want to set your expectations that we didn’t and, never will, reach perfection. There have been a few posts on ways to steal data or spoof URLs in IE7 but they really don’t detract from a very simple truth: IE7 will be more secure than IE6 was and frankly, comparisons to other browsers are still too early to be objective. I want to talk about the “big picture” of how I will judge the progress we made in IE7 and how...
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    Update Released for Some Versions of MSXML

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    We want you to know that some IE7 and Windows Vista users will need today’s security update for MSXML even though by default Windows XP and Windows Vista are not affected. Many applications install and use versions 4 and the original version 6 of the control as a part of the XML Core Services. The most common versions of MSXML don’t require any update such as MSXML3 and the version of MSXML6 installed with Windows Vista. Rob Franco Lead Program Manager
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    IE7 Worldwide Distribution by Automatic Updates

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    We have received a bunch of questions about the Automatic Updates (AU) distribution process for IE7 and the worldwide rollout over AU. Here are some facts that hope will answer some of those questions. Prior to starting general AU distribution to IE6 users, IE7 was available via the IE site for several weeks. This brought IE7 to a wider range of users than the beta and enabled us to watch for any issues. The initial rollout went well and we continue to monitor customer feedback through many channels...
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    Windows Vista is Out The Door!

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    As you may have seen on the Windows Vista blog , we released Windows Vista to manufacturing today! Wahoo!!! IE7 in Windows Vista is mostly the same as the IE7 for XP we released a few weeks ago (in fact, we have a single code base for both.) There are a few additional benefits in IE7 in Windows Vista that take advantage of some of the improvements in the new OS, the biggest of which is Protected Mode which allows IE to run at lower than user privilege, thereby providing an additional layer of...
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