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    A New IE Add-on Site

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    Hi, I’m Tina Duff one of the IE Program Managers focused on improving the customer experience around IE - including the IE add-on web site. It sounds simple, but this means ensuring that wherever IE is talked about on Microsoft.com, it’s technically correct, easy to navigate, and provides the information customers want. We quickly realized that we should do a better job making all the great add-ons to IE that developers have created easier to find and download. Thus the new IE add-on site was born...
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    Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2

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    Hi, this is Al and I wanted to talk about feedback and support for Beta 2 of IE7 now that it is available. There are two main avenues for feedback for Beta 2, which are newsgroups and the Internet Explorer Feedback site. Internet Explorer Feedback As I posted about on March 24 , we have a site live to collect bug reports and product suggestions for future versions of IE. I'll have a blog post soon about how that is going and top issues but the site is especially important for Beta 2. The...
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    Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (and more) Available

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    This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie . This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition. Simply: please try it. We acted on a lot of the feedback and bug reports from the previous public releases. In particular, I feel good about changes we made based on reports from web developers around some CSS behaviors, application compatibility feedback, reliability...
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    Windows Vista’s RFC-compliant TLS Extensions – Can your server handle them?

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    Back in October, we blogged about some of the HTTPS improvements we’re making to IE7. At the time, we mentioned that we have encountered some HTTPS servers which claim to support TLS, but violate the RFC and “hang up” when extensions are received during the HTTPS handshake process. On Wednesday, Windows Networking GPM Billy Anders posted to the Windows Networking team blog , explaining why buggy TLS servers will result in connection failures when Windows Vista clients send TLS extensions. The...
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    IE Chat Transcript Online

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    The transcript from yesterday's IE chat is now available online . The chat was a lot of fun and donuts kept us going as we answered more than 120 questions in the hour available. In the photograph you can see from left to right Peter Gurevich, Amy P (hiding behind Peter), Chris Wilson, Max Stevens, Uche Enuha and Cyra Richardson with donuts in the center of the table as they all type answers to questions at a furious pace. There's also a news article covering some of the answers in the...
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    IE ActiveX Update in April Security Update

    Just a notice that the April Security Update for IE also contains a non-security change to the handling of ActiveX controls, as we’ve previously mentioned . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    IE April 2006 Security Update is now available

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    The IE April 2006 security update is now available! This security update is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates available via the new Microsoft Update . I would encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already. This update addresses 10 security issues: 8 remote code execution vulnerabilities, one information disclosure vulnerability and one spoofing vulnerability. For more information on the contents of this...
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    Reminder: Windows 98, 98SE, and ME are expiring soon!

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    Hey everyone, Christopher here with another in a string of Windows Lifecycle reminders . Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium are due to expire after July 11 th of this year. Please read this posted article , which contains all the details about the timing and implications of the change. All Windows 98/SE/ME users are encouraged to upgrade to a supported version of Windows (such as Windows XP SP2). Thanks, - Christopher Vaughan
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    April Chat with IE Team

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    Members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday April 13 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 as we all type furiously to keep pace with the questions being asked. Please join us for the chat if you can. Thanks, - Dave
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    Time, Time, Time, see what’s become of me...

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    Hello again. This is Peter Gurevich, Program Manager for all things rendering and display related on IE. How are all of you enjoying the IE7 Beta 2 preview refresh? I have been thinking a lot lately about the nature of Time. Now before we launch off into some big Physics discussion (which would be fun) I mean HTML +Time. I want to use this blog post as an opportunity for all of you to discuss and provide feedback on how you use it in your sites. How do you currently use HTML + TIME? Have you...
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    Page Zoom now supports horizontal scrolling with the mouse wheel

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    Hey there, Peter here. I am really excited to tell you about the new horizontal scrolling feature in the Beta2 preview refresh as well as other enhancements we are working on for Page Zoom. We have received a lot of great comments and feedback from our customers about Page zoom and number of great suggestions. Thanks, we really appreciate it. We are working on how we can improve the Zooming of background images as well as how to stay centered when zooming on a centered page. The biggest feedback...
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    Working with the IE ActiveX Update

    To learn more about how IE works with the IE ActiveX Update and the options at your disposal to control the user experience of your web pages, please review this article on MSDN. You can try out the new behavior today on released versions of IE6 or IE7 Beta 2 Preview . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    More on Simple List Extensions

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    There are two posts on the RSS team blog about the use of the Simple List Extensions , which have been implemented by IE7 and the Windows RSS Platform. The first is Simple List Extensions in action , and it shows examples of live sites (like Amazon.com, eBay and Yahoo) using the RSS extensions to add sorting and filtering capabilities to their feeds. The second is a longer post on Understanding Lists and SLE , which explains why RSS list feeds are useful and how they work (with diagrams!)....
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    New info on IE ActiveX update

    For new information on the IE ActiveX Update, please see Mike Nash’s announcement . Due to the sensitive nature of this issue, we are not taking comments on this post. Thanks for your understanding. - Tony Chor
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    MSFeeds.dll setup bug

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    Hi, My Name is Stephen Anacker and I am a tester working on IE7 setup. I have read that a number of you have seen the following error when attempting to install the IE7 preview: “Error loading C:\WINDOWS\system32\msfeeds.dll The specific procedure could not be found.” This error is permissions on registry key X (usually hkcr\.tif) being set to read only on the system. I want to talk about a couple of things to give some help in working around this bug and to explain what is happening. We...
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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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    Layout Complete Announced at MIX06

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    Thursday, March 23 rd and I am sitting in the airport heading home from MIX06. It was a great conference with very good customer interactions. Also hanging out with Eric , Molly , Andy , Tantek and Dave was a lot of fun. Yesterday, I had my talk, “ Making your site look great in IE7 ”. Even though the title implied that the talk was only on IE7 the real focus was on making standard based designs great on IE7 and other browsers. To prove that I ran the audience to a CSSZenGarden inspired demo,...
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    Developer Toolbar Refresh

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    As some of you noticed the developer toolbar ceased to function in the refresh preview build of IE7 made available earlier this week. We made some changes that affected the dev toolbar so we shipped a newer version to line up with the new build of IE7. A refresh of beta 2 of the developer toolbar is now available that will function in the latest available builds of IE7 as well as IE6. As always we really appreciate all feedback on the developer toolbar. This tool for web developers is currently...
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    Safety First at Mix06

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    I’m really excited for my talk tomorrow here at Mix06 . This conference feels more like a party than work. We’re free from the blue-shirt uniform of normal conferences and I’ve tried to make my talk all content - no slides (ok, there are a few slides for folks who don’t see the live show). I’m trying to dodge the late night party crowd until after my talk but I hear that Phoebe has been hanging out with Chico and James of the Debarge family. During his keynote, Bill Gates teed us up to talk about...
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    New IE7 Build Available from MIX06!

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    Today is the first day of the MIX06 conference. Internet Explorer team members are presenting this week on much of the work we've done for IE7. As part of the conference, we're handing out the "Internet Explorer 7 Readiness Toolkit" on CD. This toolkit has a roll up of the IE7 information we've published previously and some new features for those attending MIX06. One of the other items on the CD is an updated build of IE7 for MIX06. This is build 5335 of IE7. In order to give something to those...
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    Getting Ready for MIX06!

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    Hi, I’m Cyra Richardson, relatively new Lead Program Manager on the IE team. As the new person, I was handed the opportunity to coordinate the content for the IE team’s participation at MIX06 . It’s Friday, Tony is running on next to no sleep, Peter is running around trying to make sure the latest IE bits are on the Sandbox Machines, Markus is practicing his demos and Al was bugging me to write a blog entry. The pace before every show is frenetic; MIX06 is no different. Cats in the Sandbox ...
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    IE March Chat Transcript Online

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    The transcript of last week’s Expert Zone chat is now available. The chat was a lot of fun and the team managed to answer over 160 questions during the hour. This month we were fortified by home baked chocolate espresso bars, next month I expect we’ll return to donuts to keep us going. The IE Expert Zone chats take place on the second Thursday of every month at 10:00AM PST. The next one will be on April 13 th and we hope to see you there. Thanks - Dave
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    Security tweaks in IE7

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    As we’ve described previously, we’ve made some major architectural improvements to improve browsing security in Internet Explorer 7, including Protected Mode , Phishing Filter , Enhanced Validation SSL , and other features in support of our overall security strategy . Our commitment to security goes both broad and deep-- While the major new features described above have received a lot of press, I’d like to mention just a few of my favorites among the myriad tweaks we’ve made...
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    Fix My Settings in IE7

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    Hi, this is Max and Uche from the user experience team. We want to talk to you about what we call the Fix My Settings feature. You will encounter this if you set your security settings to an insecure state whilst in the Internet or Restricted zone. When you choose an insecure setting two things will happen: An information bar will appear at the top of the browser with ‘Fix Settings for Me’ as the first menu option. In place of your homepage, you will see a warning page on startup of IE....
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    March Chat with the IE Team

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    On Thursday March 9 th at 10:00AM PST it will be time for the monthly Expert Zone Chat with the IE team. Members of the Internet Explorer team will be present to discuss the product and answer your questions. These chats are always a lot of fun with team members typing answers furiously to keep pace with the incoming questions. As always we’ll publish a transcript of the chat later for those unable to attend. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks - Dave
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