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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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid.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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date.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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid.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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    Dude, where’s my intranet zone? (… and more about the changes to IE7 security zones)

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    Internet Explorer enforces security rules for websites by grouping them into categories or “security zones”. Today we want to explain the changes to security zones you’ll see in IE7 so we should first clarify what the security rules are in IE6. On the Security tab of Internet Options under the tools menu, you will see the Internet, Intranet, Trusted Sites and Restricted Sites zones. The rules for security zones control how each group of websites is allowed to interact with your computer. If you...
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    I want to try IE7 for XP already

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    Every day, I get lots of email asking for a build of IE7 for XP. If you have an account on the internal Microsoft corporate network, I have a link I can send you. For everyone else, we need a better answer than “We’re hiring; please come join us.” (That said, we’re hiring; please come join us .) We’ll post an updated pre-release build of IE7 for Windows XP publicly – no MSDN membership required – during the first calendar quarter of 2006. We want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity...
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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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    New enhancements to Phishing Filter protection for IE

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    Hello, I’m John Scarrow and am the general manager for the Anti-Spam and Anti-Phishing Team at Microsoft. My team developed and runs the Microsoft Phishing Filter you’ve seen for the current beta of Internet Explorer for Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP, and I wanted to follow up on previous posts about the Phishing Filter to highlight some news from today. Today Microsoft announced agreements with three new data providers – Cyota Inc., Internet Identity and MarkMonitor – who...
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    Genuine Windows and Browsers

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 12 September 2012 The core of my team’s job is to make IE7 and Windows Vista so compelling so that people choose our products. The people who work on Windows want you to have a good experience, whether you use IE or not - for example, Windows Media Player has a Firefox plugin . I also recently got a chance to play with a new Firefox plugin that simplifies and improves the Windows validation...
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    Windows Network Developer Platform Information

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    On last Monday, Venkat mentioned some of the improvements made for the new version of WinINET.dll shipping alongside Internet Explorer 7. For developers in the audience, I’d like to note that the Windows Network Developer Platform blog is a great source of news about WinINET and other networking modules within Windows. Of particular interest to developers working with WinINET are the post on API Validation changes and the post on System.NET support for Internet Explorer proxy settings . - EricLaw
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    IE Security Update Impact to Security and Compatibility

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    We’ve heard some concerns about the potential impact of recent IE updates, and I want to give you background on these updates so you can understand the impact. It is a top goal of ours to keep users safe and web pages working as the author intended. The great majority of users and developers should not be negatively impacted by recent IE security changes. However, there is potential for any code change to change how a web page works, which is why we are very careful about deciding what changes...
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    The Beta 1 Refresh of the IE Developer Toolbar

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    Hello, my name is Jeff Varga and I am an intern from U.C. Berkeley on the IE team. One of my projects this fall is to help build the IE Developer Toolbar into a great product for the IE community. We are pleased to release the beta 1 refresh of the IE Developer Toolbar . The community feedback was incredibly helpful in finding a lot of problems and in planning for new functionality. We’ve combed through the replies to the initial release blog post and on the IE wiki at Channel 9 . Please keep...
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    IE7 Networking improvements in content caching and decompression

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    Hello! I am Venkat Kudallur, development lead for Networking in Internet Explorer. We have made several improvements in Internet Explorer in Networking, and in this post, I would like to introduce you to some of the improvements in content caching and decompression in IE, two features that play a key role in speeding up the delivery of pages from a remote web server. If you’re a webmaster, developer using the IE Networking API, or just curious about IE Networking, I think you’ll find these details...
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    Introducing the IE team at the India Development Center (IDC)

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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 am Puneet Arora and I’m a Program Manager on the IE team at Microsoft’s India Development Center (IDC). The team started just 6 months ago and has just the right mix of fresh engineering graduates full of zeal, people with prior experience and some old time Microsoft veterans. The focus for the IDC team is making IE great for IT professionals. For IE7 for both...
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    Upcoming HTTPS Improvements in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2

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    In the past, we’ve called upon website operators to ensure they are using HTTPS securely . This time, I’d like to tell you about the changes IE7 has made to improve the security and user experience for HTTPS connections. Safer Protocol Defaults HTTPS uses encryption to secure your Internet traffic to protect it from snooping or tampering by others on the network. HTTPS uses either the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols to protect data. For Internet...
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    Call to action: The demise of CSS hacks and broken pages

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    We’re starting to see the first round of sites and pages breaking due to the CSS fixes we have made. We would like to ask your help in cleaning up existing CSS hacks in your pages for IE7. It is has been our policy since IE6 that under quirks doctype we will not make any behavioral changes so that existing pages will continue to render unmodified, but under the strict doctype we want to change behavior to be as compliant as possible with the web standards. For IE7, we introduced new CSS functionality...
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    IE October 2005 Security Update is now available!

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    The IE October 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: MS05-052 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (KB# 896688) This security update package contains fixes for the following...
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