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    Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode

    In our previous post about IE’s Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature, we’ve discussed how incompatible browser extensions, add-ons, spyware or malware can cause compatibility issues such as application hangs in IE7. In this post, we wanted to go into more detail about how to troubleshoot with Internet Explorer 7. So, how does one go about identifying the cause for toolbar or add-on program problems? To identify if an incompatible browser add-on or extension is at the root of your troubles...
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    Addon Review: StumbleUpon

    For nearly a year now, I’ve been following a cool social browsing addon called StumbleUpon . As of last week, the StumbleUpon addon is available for Internet Explorer, and is one of my favorite addons. Here’s how it works: As you browse the web, whenever you come across a page that is particular interesting to you, you can click the “thumbs up” button in your toolbar. And if you don’t like a page, you can hit the “thumbs down” button. You don’t have to rate every page, just the ones you feel strongly...
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    IEAK 7 Beta 3 is now available

    I am happy to announce the Beta 3 release of Internet Explorer Administration Kit 7 [IEAK 7]. IEAK 7 allows enterprises, ISPs, ICPs, OEMs to create custom packages of IE7 on XP or IE7+ on Windows Vista. If you are looking to provide your IE7 users with your own default set of preferences, toolbars etc, read on. Some of the common customization scenarios for IE7 are: Customize your users’ IE7 with related home pages, feeds, etc. Create a version of IE 7 that has these values and make it...
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    IE July Chat Transcript Online

    The transcript from the July 13 th chat is now available online . The response to Beta 3 has been great and people are overall happy with the recent improvements. There were a bunch of us and we enjoyed answering the stream of questions as they poured in. You can find our chat schedule at . We typically hold the IE chats on the second Thursday of every month. Keep sending us your feedback and see you at the next chat! Cheers,...
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    IE7 Beta 3 now available in multiple languages

    The IE team is proud to announce the availability of Arabic, Finnish, German and Japanese versions of IE7 Beta 3 in addition to the English versions we released a week and a half ago . You can download IE7 Beta 3 from the following locations: Arabic: Finnish: German: Japanese:
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    July IE Expert Zone Chat

    It’s that time again! Members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday, July 13th at 10:00AM PDT (5:00PM GMT). These chats are great opportunities to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. A transcript will be published after the chat and transcripts of other recent chats are available. These chats are lots of fun and we hope you will join us for the chat if you can. Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager Edit: Added the hyperlink...
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    Displaying tfeL-ot-thgiR Scripts - Can your computer handle it?

    If you plan to use Complex Scripts (like Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, etc), you should ensure that you have support for complex scripts installed. I know that sounds obvious, but we wanted to make sure people know how and why to do this. Let us examine this in detail using an international URL issue that Dean recently encountered while dogfooding IE7. What is the issue? Internet Explorer will sometimes display Right-to-left (RTL) languages such as Arabic or Hebrew, in the address bar in left-to-right...
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    Keyboard Changes in Beta 3

    Hello, this is Kelly Ford, a test lead on the IE team and a big keyboard user of Internet Explorer. In an earlier post, Aaron Sauve provided The Keyboard Lover’s Guide to IE . The IE community has given us quality feedback on our keyboard model during the beta cycle, and in beta 3, we have tried to bring more predictability and consistency with earlier IE versions in response to this feedback. In beta 3, we have made some changes in hotkey assignments, added some new hotkeys, and changed keyboard...
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    Uninstalling IE7 Beta Releases

    We’ve noticed questions/comments/confusion about uninstalling IE7 so I wanted to highlight one of our FAQs and add a little more detail. Uninstalling IE7 will leave you with a fully-functional IE6 and allow you to install the latest release, IE7 Beta 3 , which we recommend for all IE7 beta users so they benefit from the latest bug fixes and security updates. To uninstall Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2, Beta 2 Preview, or Beta 1: Click "Start", and then click "Control Panel" Click "Add...
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    Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP (and more) Now Available

    This morning we released IE7 Beta 3 for Windows XP. This version includes improvements in reliability, compatibility, security, and a few end user features. Give it a try at . Based on your feedback, we’ve made some changes to IE7. Beta 3 returns the email button to the toolbar customize dialog (one of the most requested features), and enables reordering of tabs by dragging them to the left or right. In this version you can also scroll horizontally...
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    Beta 3 UX Improvements

    Hi everybody, Max here. I posted before about " A New Look for IE ” back when we released the beta 2 preview, and with the launch of beta 3, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the new functionality we have added and changes we have made specifically related to your feedback. First and foremost, let me thank everybody who has put the time and effort towards giving us feedback, whether it’s through our connect site , participating in our monthly online chats , talking with us at...
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    A Note about the DHTML Editing Control in IE7+

    Hi, I’m B. Ashok, the Product Unit Manager for Web Development Tools – we have our own team blog ( ), but I wanted to post over here to discuss a change my team has made which has an effect on users of IE7+ in Windows Vista. Specifically, we are removing the DHTML Editing Control from the Windows Vista product. The DHTML Editing Control shipped in Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server, in a file called dhtmled.ocx. This file contained two flavors of the control:...
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    Enforcement takes the fight to the phishers

    Hi, I’m Aaron Kornblum, Internet Safety Enforcement Attorney at Microsoft, and a member of Microsoft’s global team committed to help fight cybercrime and protect our customers while they are online. As a parent, former Air Force prosecutor and civil litigator, and now in-house corporate counsel focused on Internet Safety, I am increasingly concerned by the proliferation of cybercrime and, in particular, online fraud such as phishing. My IE colleagues have invited me to share with you the news of...
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    IE interview on Matasano

    My short interview with Window Snyder from Matasano has been posted over on their blog . Check it out! -Christopher Vaughan
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    MSN Spaces Updated

    We got a lot of feedback that people were unable to add photos to their MSN Space using IE7 Beta 2. The MSN Spaces update fixes this issue while adding support for a lot of other cools things, like modules for daily tasks and those including Windows Live Gadgets . So test it out, upload your photos and keep sending us your feedback. - Anurag
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    IE June Chat Transcript Online

    The transcript from the June 8 th chat is now available online . The chat was a lot of fun as we kept up with the frantic pace of answering the stream of questions in the hour available. Donuts, as usual, kept us going. Keep an eye on the chat schedule at for upcoming chats. We typically hold the IE chats on the second Thursday of every month. Thanks to everyone who showed up for their feedback and we hope to see you at the next chat...
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    IE ActiveX Update in June Security Update

    The June Security Update for IE also contains a non-security change to the handling of ActiveX controls; this is the same functionality that was contained in the April IE Security update . However, unlike the April release, there is no publicly available Compatibility Patch. If your company has issues with the timeline of upgrading applications, please work with your Microsoft Account Team or specific ISV (application provider). Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on...
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    IE June 2006 Security Update is now available

    The IE cumulative June 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 8 security issues: 5 remote code execution vulnerabilities, one information disclosure vulnerability, one information disclosure/spoofing vulnerability and one spoofing vulnerability. For more information on the contents of...
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    Reset Internet Explorer Settings

    Hello, we are Durga and Bala, from the IE IDC team. We would like to describe to you, a new feature in Internet Explorer 7 and 7+, Reset Internet Explorer Settings. We have heard from users on their need to recover Internet Explorer to a workable state if it reaches an unusable state due to spurious add-ons, incompatible browser extensions, spyware or malware. Reset Internet Explorer Settings (RIES) provides a one-button solution to get Internet Explorer settings to its workable state. Internet...
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    Yahoo! ships customized IE7 beta 2

    We often talk with our partners about all the ways they can take advantage of the extensibility in IE7. Today, Yahoo! released something new and (I think) pretty cool. “Internet Explorer 7 optimized by Yahoo!” presets the homepage and search to Yahoo properties. Of course, users can easily change the settings just as they can with the standard version that we ship. The Yahoo! version of IE7 is available now on the Yahoo site . Yahoo! used the beta version of the Internet Explorer Administration...
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    An XMLHTTPRequest tip

    Over on the Ajax Blog, Dion Almaer passed on an important tip from Brent Ashley and Tim Aiello for AJAX developers – to have your cross-browser AJAX work better with IE7, you really should be invoking the native XMLHttpRequest (the cross-browser one) first to see if it’s available before instantiating the ActiveX control, instead of the other way around. In addition to the reasons that Brent and Tim discovered, I’ve seen a bunch of code that creates the XMLHttpRequest object, uses it for a request...
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    June Chat with IE team

    Members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday June 8 th at 10.00AM PST. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. A transcript will be published after the chat and transcripts of other recent chats are available. These chats are a lot of fun and we hope you will join us for the chat if you can. Cheers - Uche
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    A Caching Issue in IE7 Beta 2

    Hello, Eric Lawrence here from the IE Networking team. I’ve seen a few bug reports and blog comments regarding an observed change in IE7 Beta 2’s caching behavior, and I wanted to post a quick explanation about the situation and assure you that it will be resolved in the next beta. In IE7 Beta 2, we made a change our handling of the Post-Check and Pre-Check extensions in the HTTP Cache-Control header. If you’re not familiar with these extensions, you can get a quick overview here: http://msdn...
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    Announcing IE7+

    With the release of Windows Vista Beta 2 , I want to announce that we will be naming the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. While all versions of IE7 are built from the same code base, there are some important differences in IE7+, most significantly the addition of Windows Vista-only features like Protected Mode, Parental Controls, and improved Network Diagnostics. These features take advantage of big changes in Windows Vista and weren’t practical to bring downlevel...
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    Phoiling Phishing at WWW2006

    If you’re at the WWW2006 conference here in beautiful Edinburgh Scotland, you’ve probably seen a number of great presentations already such as yesterday’s discussion on Identity Management featuring Kim Cameron from the Infocard team. Today (Friday) I’m sitting on a panel called Phoiling Phishing hosted by Harvard Researcher Rachna Dhamija , where we’ll focus more specifically on the issue of Phishing and techniques browsers can implement to “phoil” the attacks. I hope you’ll come to discuss if you...
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