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    Details on our CSS changes for IE7

    We are currently locking down IE7 for shipping and I wanted to give an update on the CSS work that went into IE7. Chris originally outlined our plans for IE7, and we listened to a lot of feedback ( blog , connect database , conferences , our WASP partnership etc.) to help us address the most grievous bugs and prioritize which features to put in for IE7. I like to thank especially the contributors on this blog for their participation. Your feedback made a difference in deciding what issues to address...
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    The little things count...

    It’s clear from the comments that the participants and readers enjoyed our August 10 th chat. It was a pleasant surprise to not only get a ‘Great Job’ but also to get ‘xxxx’ (kisses) from one of the participants (to find out the exact quote, check out the transcript and Ctrl+F ‘xxxx’). I never expected to connect in this way with a customer but hey, I love surprises. Please feel free to come to the next chat (the schedule is available at:
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    Windows Live Writer

    The Windows Live team released a new tool for editing and creating blogs yesterday called Windows Live Writer (WLW). I am using it right now to post this entry, and I am impressed. It supports WYSIWYG editing , saving drafts of my posts, inline photos, and -- can you believe it? -- support for multiple blogging engines: Live Spaces (of course), Blogger , and many others. Any blog site that supports the Really Simple Discoverability (RSD), Metaweblog API, or Movable Type API is supported out of the...
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    Other IE Bloggers

    I wanted to point out that many of the IE team members have their own blogs and frequently post there about IE topics. Some recent examples: Chris Wilson talks about CSS compliance, Jeff Davis writes about IE’s command line parsing as well as how ActiveX controls and popup blockers interact, and Justin Rogers blogs about implied tags in HTML. The RSS part of our team, of course, has their own team blog . More of our team members’ blogs are listed in the bottom of the right column of this page. ...
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    Call to Action: Help us clean up Manage Add-ons

    Hey all you ActiveX control owners out there, this is Sharon, PM owner of Manage Add-ons. Today I’m asking you to help us clean up the Manage Add-ons interface by digitally signing your controls. Manage Add-ons (Tools à Manage Add-ons à Enable or Disable Add-ons) displays information about all of the controls on a user's system. It shows them the control name, publisher name and control status (enabled or disabled) among other things. Controls that are not properly signed become an eye-sore in...
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    Polishing the Chrome

    My name is Mark Harris, and I am the Program Manager driving extensibility in IE7. With the creation of we have a rich set of 3 rd party add-ons, and we are committed to improving this resource over time. Most users are familiar with toolbars, but many don’t realize the breadth of the add-ons available for Internet Explorer. Personalize Your Ride I rented a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200C this past weekend (hold the mid-life crisis jokes). There are a huge number of accessories...
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    Script in Feeds, the IE7 Feed View and the Windows RSS Platform

    A presentation at Black Hat last week has sparked some discussion in the community. The presentation talks about the potential dangers of script in feeds. I posted on the RSS Team blog regarding the mitigations that are implemented in the IE7 Feed View and the Windows RSS Platform that specifically address potentially malicious scripts in feeds. We welcome discussions about security and RSS which will ultimately benefit users. Keep the feedback coming! Walter VonKoch Program Manager
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    IE August 2006 Security Update is now available

    The IE cumulative August 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, 2 information disclosure vulnerabilities and 1 elevation of privilege vulnerability. For more information on the contents of this update, please see: Microsoft...
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    August IE Expert Zone Chat

    Here’s a quick reminder to tell you that members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday, August 10th at 10:00AM PDT (5:00PM GMT). A transcript will be published after the chat. You can also browse through the transcripts of other recently held chats. These chats are lots of fun and we hope you will join us for the chat if you can. See you all on Thursday! Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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    Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista

    I had mentioned a while back that we planned to call the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. Well, the feedback we got on the blog was overwhelming – many of you didn’t like it. So, as we’ve said on our website , we heard you. I’m pleased to announce that we’re switching the name back to “Internet Explorer 7”. No plus. No dot x. Just “Internet Explorer 7”. Specifically, here are the official full names: For Windows XP: “Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP” ...
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    RSS Platform Beta 3 Changes

    Are you developing on the Windows RSS Platform? If so, you may want to check out the post on some improvements on the RSS team blog. Most notably the RSS Platform is now API complete. This means that, barring any serious bug that we must fix, applications written against the Beta 3 API will run unmodified against the final RTM release of the platform. Check them out. Walter VonKoch Program Manager
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    Changes to IDN in IE7 to now allow mixing of scripts

    Domain names are not limited to ASCII any longer, and as the web is growing more and more domain names now contain characters from other character sets. Such domain names are called Internationalized domain names (IDN), for example http://ايكيا.com is a domain in Arabic for IKEA. IE7 added support for IDN in Beta 2. We listened to your feedback during Beta 2 and we are changing the principles of IDN to accommodate the way customers want to use international characters on the web. Preventing IDN...
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    Your Tab Settings...

    Hello again! If you are already using Internet Explorer 7 you might have noticed our tab settings. Perhaps you already changed one or more of them to better suit your browsing habits. Whenever we create a setting, we always have many discussions about what its default should be, what it should be called, and where it should go. In some cases we have great information (such as usability studies, customer surveys, and instrumentation) to help guide us in our decision making. In other cases we...
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    IE7 to be distributed via Automatic Updates!

    As we get close to the final availability of Internet Explorer 7, I want to provide an update on our distribution plans. To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates (AU) shortly after the final version is released for Windows XP, planned for the fourth quarter of this year. During the past year, we’ve discussed many of the advanced security features in IE7 that will help make our users more secure, including ActiveX...
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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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