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    Using Outlook Web Access (OWA) on IE7 and Windows Vista

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    Hi, I’m B. Ashok, the Product Unit Manager for Web Development Tools . As mentioned in my earlier post last summer, we have removed the DHTML Editing Control from Windows Vista as part of making the operating system more secure. One application that used the DHTML Editing Control in the past was OWA (Outlook Web Access). We have issued a required update to both Exchange 2000 and 2003 that enables OWA support for IE7 in Windows Vista. However if your server does not have this update applied, you...
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    More Thoughts on Measuring Anti-Phishing Accuracy

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    Some of you may have seen stories comparing IE7’s anti-phishing accuracy with our competitors, citing different studies than the one I blogged about earlier that showed IE7’s Phishing Filter had the best overall accuracy. Paul Robichaux, from 3Sharp (the company that ran the study I cited), provides his initial take on this other study here . Tony Chor Group Program Manager
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    IE7 Dialog Sizes - A Quick Update

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    This is just a follow up to my recent post about dialog sizing in IE7 . Based on your feedback regarding the minimum dialog height restrictions, my team re-evaluated our position and changed the minimum height from 150 to 100 pixels. We think this change: Reduces application compatibility issues where dialogs were coded to the IE6 minimum height Is more consistent with other browsers’ minimum height providing more consistency for content developers Again, we appreciate your constructive...
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    RSS Secure by Design

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    One of the reasons we went to Blackhat last month was to show how the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has changed the way that Microsoft builds products. I talked about how we’re reducing attack surface with features like ActiveX opt-in, improving code quality and building-in Defense in Depth with Protected Mode . I didn’t get a chance to cover the new RSS feed support but I think the RSS team’s work is a great example for anyone building a new client to handle RSS feeds and a case study in...
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    Happy Holidays!

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 I want to comment on a couple of things before we all disappear for the holidays. As you may have noticed, we have turned on comment moderation due to the copious amounts of blog spam we have gotten lately. This means there will be some delay for us to review the comments and then post the ones that are not spam. I don’t really like doing the comment filtering (it’s more work for us), but given the spam...
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    Inside The CSS Working Group

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    The IE team is active on several W3C working groups such as SVG and HTML . As one of our three regular CSS Working Group (CSSWG) representatives, I wanted to follow up on the latest face-to-face meeting the group held at Apple in Cupertino at the end of last month by sharing some of the work and progress being made. While it aims to be representative of the three-day meeting, the list below is not exhaustive. CSS2.1 and the CSS test suite: the working group discussed many of the remaining open...
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    Getting to SVG 2.0: A report from the SVG Working Group Face-to-Face (May 24th – June 1st 2010)

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    After months of conference calls, the most recent face to face meeting of the SVG Working Group helped us make progress on this web standard. The biggest ‘news’ from this meeting was the group’s decision to take the next step to finish the current SVG proposal – “SVG 1.1 2nd Edition” – and send it as a Proposed Recommendation to the W3C Advisory Committee for final endorsement. We also started more serious conversations about SVG 2.0. As the Web has advanced...
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    The tastiest dog food yet

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    This post is intended for IT administrators, but more technical users might also find it useful. During Internet Explorer 8 development we paid very close attention to Line of Business (LOB) application compatibility for large enterprises. We want IE8 to be an easy drop-in replacement for earlier versions of IE, so that all users can benefit from the improved speed, security and ease of use of IE8. Like Microsoft, your organization probably depends on a very large number of Line of Business...
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    Online Tracking, Consumer Protection, and Web Standards

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    Today, the W3C announced the creation of a Tracking Protection Working Group to work on defining what tracking is, signaling user intent, and tracking protection lists. The W3C’s action here can help protect consumers from unwanted tracking. We welcome the opportunity to work with the industry and governments on a Web standard based on our earlier work. The Tracking Protection feature in IE9 provides a way for consumers to benefit today by restricting which sites on the Web get information from...
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    Velocity 2011: The Performance Impact of Modernizing Internet Explorer

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    Velocity 2011: The Performance Impact of Modernizing Internet Explorer Browsers need amazing performance to deliver on the promise of HTML5 applications. Modernizing Internet Explorer 9 has changed what’s possible with Web sites, and dramatically improved the performance of the HTML4 sites consumers use today. To demonstrate the real world performance gains in IE9 at the recent Velocity 2011 conference, we presented our talk on Modernizing Internet Explorer as an interactive HTML4 Web application...
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    Using PC Hardware more efficiently in HTML5: New Web Performance APIs, Part 1

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    Browsers need amazing performance to deliver on the promise of HTML5 applications. Web developers need API’s to efficiently take advantage of modern PC hardware through HTML5 and build high performance Web applications with efficient power use for great, all around customer experiences. The second IE10 Platform Preview supports three emerging API’s from the W3C Web Performance Working Group which enable developers to make the most of the underlying hardware and use battery power more...
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    IE9 Compat Inspector

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    With IE9 now released , we want you to serve IE the same markup as you do for other browsers, and make sure your site works great running in IE9 standards mode. We recently blogged about preparing your site for IE9 , and you can check out the Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook for lists of changes that may impact your site or the Internet Explorer 9 Guide for Developers for a more complete list of what's changed. Today we are introducing a new resource that can help...
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    HTML5 Video Captioning

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    The promise of HTML5 is a Web that works for everyone. Media accessibility through captioning is an important part of that promise and an area that is still emerging through standards work. Using the proposed HTML5 track element , developers can add captioning to HTML5 video by pointing to a caption file that contains a written representation of the dialog or actions in the video. Once the standards for captioning converge, there will be less need for external add-ons to publish accessible video...
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    IE 9.0.5 Available via Windows Update

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    The February 2012 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update . This security update resolves 5 privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user visits a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user...
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    Diagnosing JavaScript Errors Faster with Error.stack

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    IE10 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview includes support for Error.stack , which enables Web developers to diagnose and correct bugs faster, especially those that are difficult to reproduce. Developers can build amazing apps with the capabilities of Web platforms that power today’s modern browsers. In Windows 8, we expose that power through both Internet Explorer 10 and Metro style apps in JavaScript . The increasing power and complexity of these apps means developers need better tools like Error.stack...
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    Unprefixed CSS3 Gradients in IE10

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    IE10 in the Windows 8 Release Preview supports the W3C Candidate Recommendation for CSS Gradients in their unprefixed form. IE10 also supports the older CSS Gradients syntax from the W3C Working Draft of 17 February 2011 behind the vendor prefix -ms- . This blog post describes the differences between the old and new syntax and behavior and provides some insight into the change. Key Changes Should you choose to simplify your CSS by making the move from vendor-prefixed CSS3 Gradients...
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    Imagining a More Engaging Web: 3rd Anniversary of IE Test Drive

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    As developers build on the full capabilities of HTML5, touch, and hardware accelerated graphics, the web today is more engaging for consumers than many imagined. The experiences developers are building today simply were not possible just a few years ago. Saturday marked the third anniversary of the IE Test Drive site . What started as a few examples of hardware-accelerated HTML5 to help developers imagine the potential of the web, has grown to a collection of over 140 feature-packed demos. Test...
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    Easier Browsing for the Blind and Visually Impaired in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 makes browsing the Web easier for blind and visually impaired users who rely on screen readers, such as Windows Narrator . With the editing and input improvements in IE11, screen readers can better inform users about the current content of an editing region, and typing with East Asian languages using an Input Method Editor (IME) is now easier. With these changes, IE11 improves the experience of the next generation of cloud-based applications for a growing portion of the world...
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    Happy Holidays from the IE Team!

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    In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share some GPU-powered HTML5 and CSS3 holiday cheer. Check out Holiday Lites to brighten your screen and test your browser’s layout and rendering performance. This demo shows how IE11 updates content incrementally rather than needing to layout and render the entire page after every DOM manipulation. It uses a broad range of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Border-Image, Flexbox, MP3 Audio, Power Efficient timers, and more. Check out Holiday Lites...
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    May 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-029 - Critical This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less...
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    Vertical writing mode improvements in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 June 2014 update improves and advances vertical writing mode layout. This enables features such as constant center baseline and ruby positioning preserving line height. Together, those improvements enable rich, interactive textbooks and publications for locales supporting vertical writing mode, such as Japanese locale. To get hands on experience and see the improvements please try the Vertical Writing Mode Improvements Test Drive : Center baseline allows characters and...
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    June 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-035 - Critical This security update resolves two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities and fifty-seven privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to...
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    October 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-080 - Critical This security update resolves eight privately reported and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the most severe of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights...
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    WebSockets in Windows Consumer Preview

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    In Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Server Beta, IE10 and all other Microsoft WebSocket client and server features now support the final version of the IETF WebSocket Protocol . In addition, IE10 implements the W3C WebSocket API Candidate Recommendation. WebSockets are stable and ready for developers to start creating innovative applications and services. This post provides a simple introduction to the W3C WebSocket API and its underlying WebSocket protocol . The updated Flipbook demo uses the latest...
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    IndexedDB Updates for IE10 and Metro style apps

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    The Internet Explorer team along with the broader Web community has continued to make improvements to the IndexedDB specification. IndexedDB is a W3C Working Draft that enables you to store, search, and retrieve data on the user's device, even when Internet connectivity is disabled .  IndexedDB is a feature of the Web platform shared by IE10 and Metro style apps in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. This blog post describes changes we made in Internet Explorer 10 Consumer preview to implement the...
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