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    User Experiences: Site-Centric Browsing on Windows

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    Dean shared earlier today that the IE9 beta is available for download at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com ! Through continuous releases of the IE9 platform preview we’ve shown how the platform uses the whole power of the PC to deliver HTML5 experiences that feel like Windows applications. Sites can create amazing experiences through hardware-accelerated SVG , canvas , video and audio that use the same markup across HTML5 browsers. We anticipate a new class of sites for this era of modern browsers. Our...
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    Frequently Asked Questions for the IE7 Beta 2 Preview

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 22 August 2012 Hi, I'm Al Billings. I'm a project manager on the Internet Explorer team. I haven't posted before but you have probably seen comments from me from time to time on the blog. I'm involved in the regular work with it. Today, we have been getting a lot of questions in comments on our blog posts in response to the release of the IE7 Beta 2 Preview. I wanted to try to wrap most...
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    Better Website Identification and Extended Validation Certificates in IE7 and Other Browsers

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    Today I want to tell you about both our established plan to highlight secure sites in IE7 but also to tell you about some early thinking in the industry about creating stronger standards for identity on the internet. IE7 will join other browsers like Firefox, Opera and Konqueror in making the experience for secure (HTTPS) sites more visible by moving the lock icon into the address bar. We think the address bar is also important for users to see in pop-up windows. A missing address bar creates...
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    User Experiences: Sites in the Spotlight

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    The web is changing rapidly. More than ever before, web sites provide highly engaging, immersive experiences that people revisit frequently (e.g., web email throughout the day) or stay on for extended periods of time (e.g., Facebook all day). From captivating media to highly interactive web games, from social networking sites to online productivity tools, sites enable people to do things that were previously not possible on the web. In turn, people spend the majority of their time (57%) on the PC...
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    IE10: Fast, Fluid, Perfect for Touch, and Available Now for Windows 7

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    In Windows 8, we reimagined the browser with IE10. We designed and built IE10 to be the best way to experience the Web on Windows. With the IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7 consumers can now enjoy a fast and fluid Web with the updated IE10 engine on their Windows 7 devices. The release preview of IE10 on Windows 7 is available for download today. IE10 on Windows 8 brings an entirely new browsing experience and set of capabilities to the Web, such as a new touch first browsing experience and...
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    Follow Up on HTML5 Video in IE9

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    Our recent post generated many comments and questions. The discussion of intellectual property rights is complex and invites many different points of view. This is a good opportunity to talk through the certainty and uncertainty relative to our goals for IE9 from Microsoft’s point of view. Developers have consistently conveyed that they want certainty and predictability in the underlying browser platform. We want to deliver a great HTML5 experience in IE9 with great certainty. The goal of certainty...
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    IE in Windows XP SP2

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    Hi, I’m Tony Chor, the Group Program Manager for the Internet Explorer team. As you may know, we’ve been working hard on IE for Windows XP Service Pack 2, and we signed off on it last week. You can get a very detailed description of the changes on MSDN. (This is lovingly referred to internally as the Book of Springboard – Springboard was the codename for XP SP2.) However, I thought I’d give a high level description of the kinds of changes we made and why. First, as with any project, we set our goals...
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    New IE 7 Icon and Logo

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    Hopefully, by now you’ve seen from our posts that there are a lot of new features and work going into IE 7. As part of this update, we’re refreshing our icon and logotype. We considered more radical departures from our current logo, but blue “e” with the ring is very recognizable and familiar to users, so we elected instead to make more subtle changes. As you can see, the new “e” has more modern look, and the edges are a bit darker so the icon stands out better against different backgrounds...
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    User Experiences – Listen, Learn, Refine

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    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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    HTML5 and Web Video: Questions for the Industry from the Community

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    A Web without video would be a dull Web and consumers, developers and businesses want video on the Web to just work. As an industry we know this and have, until recently, been on a path to make this a reality with HTML5 by integrating video into Web pages more natively using H.264. There is more detail and discussion below but I want to be unambiguous on some key points: IE9 will support H.264. Microsoft has released an add-on for Firefox on Windows to support H.264 and today we are releasing a plug...
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    IE11 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

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    Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today . We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support--with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. And with Windows 8.1, IE11 delivers the best...
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    IE Automatic Component Activation (Changes to IE ActiveX Update)

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    Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages. Some sites required users to “click to activate” before they could interact with the control. Microsoft has now licensed the technologies from Eolas, removing the “click to activate” requirement in Internet Explorer. Because of this, we're removing the “click to activate” behavior from Internet Explorer! It’s important (and cool) to note that this change will require no modifications...
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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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    Announcing Internet Explorer Feedback

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    Many customers have asked us about having a better way to enter IE bugs. It is asked "Why don't you have Bugzilla like Firefox or other groups do?" We haven't always had a good answer except it is something that the IE team has never done before. After much discussion on the team, we've decided that people are right and that we should have a public way for people to give us feedback or make product suggestions. We wanted to build a system that is searchable and can benefit from the active community...
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    Rules for Comments on the IEBlog

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    I am glad to see what got lots of feedback and discussion around our posts from yesterday. I am still digging through all the comments from yesterday and today, but I did notice some profanity. As people get more engaged with IEBlog, we want to set down some guidelines on how we are going handle comments in general. Our primary goal is for this to be a place for open discussion about IE, so we don’t want to have lots of overhead and process. Things we want to see in comments: Lots of good interesting...
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    IE8 and Privacy

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    As others have written here before, users should be in control of their information. That’s at the core of privacy. Privacy has two aspects: disclosure and choice. Disclosure means informing users in plain language about the data collected about them and how it’s used. Choice means putting users in control of their data and giving them tools to protect it. Have you ever wanted to take your web browsing “off the record”? Perhaps you’re using someone else’s computer and you don’t want them to know...
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    HTML5, and Real World Site Performance: Seventh IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

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    Performance on the web is multi-dimensional. Real websites call on many different browser subsystems to deliver amazing experiences. Each browser subsystem in turn has its own performance characteristics. The chart here and the diagrams in this post describe the specific subsystems like JavaScript and graphics rendering and more in detail. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been tuning the JavaScript engine for more of the patterns we’ve found in real world sites. Based on the progress...
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    HTML5, Hardware Accelerated: First IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

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    When we started looking deeply at HTML5, we saw that it will enable a new class of applications. These applications will stress the browser runtime and underlying hardware in ways today’s websites don’t. We quickly realized that doing HTML5 right – our intent from the start – is more about designing our browser’s subsystems around what these new applications will need than it is about a particular set of features. From the beginning, we approached IE9 with the goal of enabling professional-grade...
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    Announcing Internet Explorer Developer Channel

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    Summary: Go get the new Internet Explorer Developer Channel at devchannel.modern.IE ! Just a few weeks ago , we talked about creating a more open dialog between the IE team and the Web development community. Today we’re excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we’re working on. The Developer Channel is available for download today...
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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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    Internet Explorer 7 Update

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    Almost a year ago, we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. Since then, IE7 is well on its way to becoming the most used browser in the world, and we’ve seen lots of evidence that IE7 makes it safer and easier to accomplish everyday tasks online. For example, the built-in Phishing Filter has protected consumers from known phishing web sites an average of 900,000 times per week. IE7 is the first – and still the only – browser with native support for Extended Validation SSL Certificates that...
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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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    Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings

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    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 privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies. Below we spell out in more detail what we’ve discovered, as well as recommendations to IE users on how to protect their privacy from...
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    Internet Explorer 7 User Agent String

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    Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 is fast approaching. A tiny but significant code change was checked in this week: Internet Explorer's new User-Agent string. The User-Agent (or UA) string is sent along in the headers of every HTTP request so the server knows what type of browser is making the request. For a quick introduction on handling of the User-Agent string, check out George Shephard's article in MSDN Magazine. Internet Explorer 7 User-Agent As we updated the User-Agent, we considered application...
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    IE7 Beta 2 Preview Available

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 22 August 2012 If you’re a developer, an IT Pro, or just plain interested, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/ to try the IE7 Beta 2 Preview. What’s a beta preview? It’s a release for everyone involved in making the Internet work. Before we release a consumer-focused beta, we want to make sure anyone with a website can look at the changes we’ve made to our layout...
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