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    Favorites Center

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    I am Jeremy Epling, a Program Manager on the IE User Experience team. One of my foci for IE7 has been improving the Favorites and History experience. I want to tell you about the new features we added and the motivation that was behind them. The IE6 experience for managing your Favorites and History is fairly disjoint and inconsistent. In IE7 we wanted to address these issues as well as make sure that we had a great experience between Tabs and Favorites. Favorites and History issues in IE6...
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    Thanks, Seahawks!

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 17 September 2012 Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers on their fifth Super Bowl victory. Special congratulations to Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers quarterback who wears the number 7. While we obviously wished things had turned out differently, we’re glad to see that 7 is a lucky number this year. We’re proud of the Seattle Seahawks and are grateful for the great season they gave us all. We already look forward...
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    IE7 Printing: An Experience You Won’t Want To Miss

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    In my previous post , I gave a glimpse of what to come in IE7 and printing. Now that the Beta 2 Preview build is publicly available I like to walk you through all the additions we added to printing and print preview. Internal studies showed that printing is the second most used feature after navigation in a browser and traditionally has not seen the respect it deserves. To address this IE7 focuses around 3 experiences: Having a great default print experience Intuitive UI, putting you...
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    ClearType Text in IE7

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    Hello there, I’m Peter Gurevich, one of the many program managers on the IE team. My primary feature area focus is on the rendering and display in the browser, including the decoding and display of images and the rendering of Text. I wanted to briefly chat with you all about a change to the way IE7 renders text. You may have noticed that after installing IE 7, your fonts in IE and Outlook Express look different. That is because IE7 has changed our text rendering to use ClearType. I...
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    A quick note on the Beta 2 Preview user agent string

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 17 September 2012 At the end of April of last year, we blogged about the new Internet Explorer 7 User Agent string. Since our original blog posting, we have also posted two new articles on this topic to MSDN: Understanding User-Agent Strings , and Best Practices for detecting the Internet Explorer version . I’d like to provide a quick update to this topic for the Beta 2 preview version...
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    What’s New for CSS in Beta 2 Preview?

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    We have heard all your feedback asking us for full CSS compliance. With the now public available Beta 2 Preview build on XP, we get a big step closer to this goal. Chris talked about our priorities for IE7 before , but I want to give more detail on our work with CSS. We had 3 objectives, in priority: Fix some really nasty bugs posted on sites like positioniseverything.net Revise parts of our existing CSS implementation to be true to the spec Add the most-requested new CSS functionality...
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    Part 1: Hello feeds

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    Hi, I'm Jane. Everyone I know spends their free time browsing the internet… whether it’s catching up on the news, reading friends’ blog, or looking for that perfect web deal, book, person. But scanning a site to see what you’ve read versus what’s new can be tiring. And it’s frustrating to find that there’s nothing new to read after all that work. With the IE7 Beta 2 Preview, we added a convenient way interacting with the internet: Subscribing to feeds . Feeds are a different format of the website...
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    Security issue in IE7?

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    We received reports this morning that a security researcher had found a bug in the IE7 Beta 2 Preview release. This issue reportedly crashes IE and is exploitable to execute arbitrary code on the user’s computer. Naturally, we take the security of IE and our users’ safety very seriously, so we investigated immediately. We did confirm that the bug crashes IE. However, we did not find that the bug was exploitable by default to elevate privilege and run arbitrary code. This bug had already been found...
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    A New Look for IE

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    Hello, I’m Max Stevens, and I recently joined the IE team as a Program Manager working on the user experience. In anticipation of our next major pre-release of IE, I’d like to give an overview of some of the great work we’ve done in the UI, especially a lot of the progress we’ve made since Beta 1. For more in depth looks at specific features mentioned here, Jeremy, Aaron, Jane and others will be posting soon. Main Browsing UI One of the most obvious changes since Beta 1 is in the toolbar area...
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    Windows RSS Platform

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    Hello, Walter from the land of IE Program Managers here. You might have seen or read about the RSS functionality in the user interface of IE7 Beta 2 Preview. There is a bit more to it then just letting users subscribe and read feeds from the IE7 user interface. The RSS functionality in IE7 is "powered" by the Windows RSS Platform. The Windows RSS Platform API encapsulates 3 main components: Common Feed List, Feed Synchronization Engine, and Feed Store. The RSS functionality in IE7 is built on...
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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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    Please test your sites with IE7

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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 I’m very excited we’ve released a public preview of beta2 that everyone can download. I’m also very happy that we’ve opened up a couple of different avenues to take your feedback. As Dean mentioned, there is a great checklist for site developers on the IE7 preview site ; I wanted to call out a specific item on that list. Markus posted a while ago about the demise of...
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    Please send us your feedback on 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 Jason Watters, a Program Manager on the Internet Explorer Team. As Dean just announced, the IE7 Beta 2 Preview is now available for download. We hope you are looking forward to installing and testing it as much as we are looking forward to hearing your feedback on it. We have several different ways for you to send us your feedback. First, you can post any...
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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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    Go Seahawks!

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 22 August 2012 Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on their awesome win yesterday and their first NFC championship! (The Seahawks are our local American football team.) We’re thrilled that the Seahawks are finally going to Super Bowl and can’t wait for the big game in two weeks. - Tony Chor
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    Native XMLHTTPRequest object

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    Hello, I’m Sunava Dutta and I am a Program Manager in the Internet Explorer team. I’m excited to mention that IE7 will support a scriptable native version of XMLHTTP. This can be instantiated using the same syntax across different browsers and decouples AJAX functionality from an ActiveX enabled environment. What is XMLHTTP? XMLHTTP was first introduced to the world as an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer 5.0. Over time, this object has been implemented by other browsing platforms, and...
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    More on MIX

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 The MIX06 site has been updated to provide more details on the many sessions and discussions – for example, the session on “Making Your Site Look Great on IE7”. The site lays out the content and agenda, including the keynote with Bill Gates and Tim O’Reilly. It also describes the sessions led by Jeff Barr of Amazon Web Services as well as the content scenario tracks owned...
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    For the SELECT few...

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 Hello, I am Kun, the first developer of IE Beijing team in Microsoft. Our team has been working on the Intrinsic Controls of IE in the past year. Among these controls, the SELECT element has been greatly improved. IE6’s SELECT element didn’t support certain properties, like z-index, title, and zoom. In IE7, we have re-worked the SELECT element. This new version has features...
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    Clear my Tracks: yes please!!!!

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    First let me introduce myself. My name is Uche Enuha and I am a recent college graduate hire to the Internet Explorer team. I am a Program Manager working on the User Experience team. Now to the main point. There is a new feature in IE7 called ‘Delete Browsing History’ that gives users an easy way to control the data stored by the browser.I am going to answer the three main questions that I think are going through your heads right now, I’ll let you meditate on the information and allow the excitement...
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    MIX06 conference

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 I wanted to give a quick pointer to the conference Microsoft will be hosting in March in Las Vegas: MIX06 , a “A 72-hour conversation between developers, designers and business professionals to explore high-fidelity commerce, content, media, services and security.” Many IE team members will be there, myself included, and loads of other Microsoft teams involved in web...
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    International Domain Names in IE7

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    Hi, I am Vishu Gupta, a developer on the IE team. For the past year, I have been working primarily on CURI and International Domain Names (IDN) support. Browser support for navigating to URLs written in users’ native languages is critical for making the Internet truly international. IDN relies upon a standardized mechanism known as “Punycode” for encoding Unicode domain names using only the ASCII characters that are permitted by the DNS system. After XPSP2 was released, I was asked to study and...
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    IE December Security Update – addressing scattered reports of odd browser behavior

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    We have received scattered reports of users experiencing odd browser behavior after installing our most recent security update . Some of you have reported opening a browser window that promptly hangs IE, others have reported opening links that render blank, and finally we have reports of multiple windows opening when initiating a browser session. After investigating several of these reports, we have traced these issues to a common source. If a user has ever attempted to run IE7 Beta1 in an unsupported...
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    Update on the feed icon

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    I recently posted about the search for an icon to represent feeds in IE7. We’ve found one. It’s orange. Check it out . - Jane
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    IE December 2005 Security Update is now available!

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    The IE December 2005 security updates are now available! This group of security updates 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. Information about the IE Security update can be found at: MS05-054 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (KB# 905915) This security update package contains fixes for the...
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    New XSS vulnerability in IE

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    Just a quick paste of a comment on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog addressing the recent questions around the XSS issue we are investigating - We've received some questions regarding a reported cross-site scripting (XSS) issue affecting Internet Explorer. Google Desktop was used in a proof of concept to demonstrate how, in some cases, this issue could allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information. This issue may be a bit confusing because it is not really an XSS issue. A...
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