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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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    IE7 and Various Screen Readers and Screen Enlargers

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    Since we announced the release of IE7, we’ve noticed many questions and discussion about how well the program works with various screen readers and screen enlargers on the net. We wanted to provide the latest information we have from the various manufacturers of these products and answer some concerns around automatic updates. IE7 and Automatic Updates As we announced earlier , IE7 is now being distributed via automatic updates.That said, no matter what setting a user has for automatic updates...
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    Improving SSL: Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates Coming in January

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    Hi, I’m Kelvin Yiu, a program manager with the Windows Crypto team, and I’m very excited to be posting today on the IE blog, announcing plans to make Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates available in January 2007. For over a year, we’ve been working on shaping the form of the next generation SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificates, so that they not only provide encryption but also a standard for identity on the Internet. For that purpose we teamed up with many Certification Authorities (CAs...
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    Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 Release Candidate Now Available for Download

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    I previously blogged about the availability of the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0, a tool that can help you find potential compatibility issues, particularly for corporate IE departments. Since distribution of the beta download ended in October, I am excited to announce that the release candidate of ACT 5.0 is now available to download and can be used on XPSP2 with IE7 to help you find compatibility issues. You can find more about ACT 5.0 by visiting here . In addition to ACT 5.0, the IE7...
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    First Wave of Localized IE7 Releases Now Available

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    We have released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP in five new languages: German, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Finnish. You can download these today from the IE website . As with the English version, we’re making the localized downloads available a few weeks ahead of distribution via Automatic Updates . German, French, Spanish and Finnish users should be prepared for AU distribution by mid-November. Japanese AU distribution will begin this spring. We will release additional languages as...
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    MSXML5...Not in This IE

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    Some of you may have noticed the following goldbar on some websites: Our friend Adam on the XML team recently posted on the XML Team’s Blog about MSXML versioning. It’s a great read and thoroughly explains the best practices for using MSXML. As we’ve posted previously , MSXML5 is not pre-approved as there are better options such as MSXML6 and IE’s native XMLHTTP control which you can use on your webpage. Users will need to approve MSXML5 before it can be used on your webpage. Please help us give...
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    IE7 Hits the Street

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    Just in case you missed it somehow, we released IE7 last Wednesday . In the first four days over three million of you have already downloaded the final release. Thank you! (If you’re not one of those three million, you can get it here .) We expect the numbers to continue to climb steadily until we start distributing via Automatic Updates in a few weeks. Clearly, we expect IE7 adoption to really take off then. If you haven’t tested your website with IE7 yet, please use the tools Scott posted about...
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    Windows Search Guide in IE7

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    Hi, my name is Jane Maliouta and I am a Program Manager on the IE Team working on the Windows Search Guide . Throughout the development cycle, we've blogged about Search in IE7 . The Windows Search Guide is part of Instant Search, a new feature in IE7. The search guide page displays search providers that users can select to customize the list in the Instant Search drop down. The providers displayed in the Windows Search Guide are the most popular for each region based on 3rd party website traffic...
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    Building Add-Ons for IE Could Net You A Trip to Mix07 and $2500

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    Hey! I’m Pete LePage, one of the Product Managers for IE and I’ve been around Microsoft for some time now. One of my favorite things about Internet Explorer is how easy it is to customize with add-ons. Earlier today, Jeremy posted about some of the cool add-ons recommended by the IE Team. Personally, I’m a bit of a developer at heart, so I’m more interested in creating my own add-ons to really customize my experience. Sure it’s a bit more work, but it’s cool to know I can make IE work exactly how...
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    IE7 and High Assurance at RSA Europe

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    One of the best parts of IE7 is actually yet to come. High Assurance SSL certificates, now known as Extended Validation certificates are a critical part of our strategy to help customers avoid online fraud like phishing scams We’ve been hard at work with the other browsers and certification authorities on a set of common guidelines to identify a legitimate business and issue it an extended validation certificate. While we’re finishing up the guidelines for Extended Validation, some key members...
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    Must Have Add-Ons for IE7

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    With your freshly installed Internet Explorer 7, take time to explore our library of add-ons. The IE Add-Ons website has over 400 add-ons registered to date, and many more are on the way. The IE7 team took the last few weeks (in between last minute bug fixes) to collect our must-have list below. All of the add-ons in our list are free to download, integrate well with IE7, and provide extraordinary functionality. Stay Safe and Secure: Windows Defender is a must-have for anyone concerned about spyware...
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    An IE7 Security Vulnerability?

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    Some people are discussing a recently announced security vulnerability that they claim is found in Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP SP2 systems. While it is true that a vulnerability exists, the vulnerability is not actually in any components of IE7, although the attack vector makes it appear that way. Our friends at the MSRC have the issue under investigation and have posted a blog entry with more details on which component is affected and what you should do about it. If you’re curious about...
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    Meet Some of the IE7 Team

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    Last week Channel 9 , with camera in tow, paid a visit to the IE Team. In the first video I talk far too long at the start before we walk the hallways and meet a few members of the team. In the second video we chat with Max Stevens on user experience. The third video is with the RSS team where we discuss the new RSS support in IE7. In the final video we meet Eric Lawrence and Katya Sedova and discuss networking. As you can tell from the videos we had a lot of fun doing them and hope to have the Channel...
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