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    All your <base> are belong to us

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    For IE 7 we decided to make some changes to the way the <BASE> tag is handled to bring it up to spec and at the same time fix some really odd behavior. In the process we expect some people relying on the previous behavior to have to update their content otherwise they may find their site doesn't work exactly as planned. Most of the old functionality is still there, but there are some key differences. To start, in previous versions of IE, you could place the BASE tag anywhere in the document...
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    Internet Explorer turns 10

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    The first Microsoft product I ever shipped, Windows 95, launched 10 years ago today. Around the same time we also launched Internet Explorer 1.0 (though with considerably less fanfare), which quickly gave way to IE 2.0 (which shipped with the Plus! Pack for Windows 95). 6 years later we launched Windows XP, which shipped IE 6.0. That’s more or less 1 new version of IE a year for 6 years. Of course the pace with which we ship versions of IE has dropped off since then with our most notable recent release...
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    IE Security talk at Hack in the Box

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid.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 As some of you have noted in the comments, I will be doing a keynote presentation at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 28. The title of my presentation is “Internet Explorer Security Past, Present, and Future”. I’ll be talking about the kinds of threats we’ve seen, how we started to address them in Windows XP SP2, and our plans to go...
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    Exploring Internet Explorer

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid.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 Today we launched a new column on MSDN called “ Exploring Internet Explorer ”. Currently there is a single article there from Eric Lawrence on Zones and Proxies where he explores some of the interesting ways that the intranet zone and proxies can interact. We expect to add more articles to this column over the coming weeks. If there is a particular mystery of Internet...
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    URLs in Internet Explorer 7

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    Internet Explorer 7 includes a new URL handling architecture known internally as CURI. The new optimized URI functions provide more secure and consistent parsing of URIs to reduce attack surface and mitigate the threat of malicious URIs. When designing our security strategy for IE7 , malicious URIs were near the top of the list because secure handling of URIs throughout IE is critical to the security of the system. Hence, a major architectural investment was made in CURI for IE7. Unlike most...
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    New IE 7 Icon and Logo

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    Hopefully, by now you’ve seen from our posts that there are a lot of new features and work going into IE 7. As part of this update, we’re refreshing our icon and logotype. We considered more radical departures from our current logo, but blue “e” with the ring is very recognizable and familiar to users, so we elected instead to make more subtle changes. As you can see, the new “e” has more modern look, and the edges are a bit darker so the icon stands out better against different backgrounds...
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    Search in Beta 1

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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 Hi, I’m Aaron Sauve, Program Manager focused on features relating to the Internet Explorer user interface. One of these features is web search. Now that Beta 1 is out in the wild I would like to say a few quick words about what we have included and give some insight into where we are going in Beta 2. Beta 1 includes a few simple enhancements to web search. Search is...
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    IE August 2005 Security Update is now available!

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    The IE August 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 . We encourage you to give MU a try. Information about the IE Security update can be found at: MS05-038 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (KB# 896727) This security update package contains fixes for the following vulnerabilities: JPEG Image...
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    IE and RSS team at the PDC

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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 IE and RSS team is going to be attending the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year between September 13th and 16th in Los Angeles. This is Microsoft’s premier conference for developers where you can learn from and connect with the development teams here. Visit the PDC site to learn more. We’re currently planning two talks for IE and RSS: ...
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    Back from Black Hat

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    After some very long days and nights, the IE delegation is back from Vegas . Some sessions I found especially interesting: Alex S & Scott Stender – Attacking Web Services Jeremiah Grossman – Phishing with Super Bait tamos Johnny Long – Google Hacking for Penetration Testers They did a great job of highlighting the challenges of reconciling ease of use and security. Even more valuable than the briefings were the informal meetings with security researchers and other members of...
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    Security strategy for IE7: Beta 1 overview, Beta 2 preview

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    Security as a feature can be hard to measure. I want to provide some insight into our security strategy so our customers and partners can understand the direction we’re heading with Beta 1 and beyond to Beta 2. All of the work the IE security team has done for IE7 is designed to make you safer while you browse. While some of our work is front and center like the Phishing Filter, a lot of the features are “under the hood” like Low-rights IE and we hope you will never see them, just know that...
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    RSS Features in IE 7 for XP and Windows Vista Beta 1

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    Hi! I’m Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer. Now that Beta 1 of IE 7 for Windows XP and Windows Vista are released, I want to introduce to you the RSS features that are available in this release. You may be asking what RSS is. It stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it’s a way for web site publishers to publish information from their sites. The publisher creates a specially-formatted file on their web site that contains the most recent items (news stories, blog posts, etc...
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    Make printing work better with the Web

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    As promised , I want to talk today a little bit more about printing experience in IE7. Printing is after navigation/search one of the most used features but it still lacks the fidelity of like say a photo printing program. Why is that? Content for the Web is in general not designed for printing. If laid out at 100% it generally exceeds the space provided on the paper. In IE6, for example, you end up often with cut-off right margins. Another very common problem when printing for example...
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    Standards and CSS in IE

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    I’m very happy that we’ve shipped IE 7 beta 1. I wanted to make it clear that we know Beta 1 makes little progress for web developers in improving our standards support, particularly in our CSS implementation. I feel badly about this, but we have been focused on how to get the most done overall for IE7, so due to our lead time for locking down beta releases and ramping up our team, we could not get a whole lot done in the platform in beta 1. However, I know this will be better in...
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    Toolbars in IE7 Beta 1

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    Yesterday, rumors were circulating stating that the IE 7 beta 1 release causes the Google and Yahoo! toolbars to vanish. As Dean stated in Scoble’s blog , we support Google’s and Yahoo’s (and anyone else’s) toolbar in Beta 1 and will do so in the final release. In our internal testing, we have not encountered these problems in the released version of IE 7 tech beta. (There was a bug like this in earlier builds, so it’s possible that the report came from someone who had access to our pre-beta builds...
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    Windows Vista & IE7 Beta 1 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, 21 August 2012 Beta versions of both Windows Vista (formerly codenamed “Longhorn”) and IE7 for Windows XP are now available. Back in February we committed to releasing betas this summer. I’m sure it surprises some people, but we did what we said we’d do. How interested you are in actually running pre-release software should depend on who you are. For example, I think that...
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    IE Team at Black Hat 2005

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    Hi, I’m Patrick Mann , a security tester on the IE team. It’s a big week for me and a few other folks from IE, as we head down to Las Vegas to attend Black Hat 2005. Expect to see some of the IE blog familiars (such as John Bedworth , Eric Lawrence , and Christopher Vaughan ) along with other members of the IE product team. Personally, I’m very excited at this opportunity to hear about the latest in security research. But above all I’m looking forward to meeting folks, and putting some faces...
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    Blog Business Summit (aka Shameless plug for Scoble)

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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 Robert Scoble and I are going to give a keynote together at the Blog Business Summit on August 19 in San Francisco. Why? We think that RSS is becoming a critical tool for businesses to communicate with customers and we want that to happen even faster. Robert will talk about how businesses can use RSS to create strong, ongoing connections with their customers. I’ll talk...
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    The Face of the IE Team

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 The IE team took some time recently to relax in the sun (well actually rain – we do live in Seattle). Here is a picture of the unflappable Dave Massy and Jean Hartmann in Dave’s incredible motoring machine enjoying themselves at the event. Note that the color of Dave’s car is a variation of IE blue. - Scott Stearns
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    More Updated Documentation

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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 We’ve recently published some articles and a few updates on MSDN. Here are some particularly useful articles: About Windows Restrictions outlines the restrictions around controlling windows in Windows XP SP2. Faster DHTML in 12 steps contains some useful tips around performance in DHTML. Although this article is not entirely new it had been lost from MSDN and...
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    Art Manion’s CNET piece on Security

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 12 September 2012 I just read Art Manion’s perspectives piece on cnet . I agree with much of what he says and encourage anyone who cares about browsers, security, or both, to read it. A few months ago, I offered my opinion on this topic. We’re still open to feedback on this. We’re getting a lot of it, privately, as we work closely with and listen to many security experts as we build IE7. As Art says, Windows...
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    Disable javaprxy.dll recommended - Update to Security Advisory

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    Jeremy Dallman here from IE Security team with an update on the security advisory that Microsoft published last Thursday. In the revised Security Advisory provided earlier today, we recommend disabling Javaprxy.dll by using the registry key update (A.K.A. “killbit”) that is available now from the Microsoft Download Center. You’ll find a link in the updated advisory. This killbit package will also be available on Windows Update soon. - Jeremy
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    A Little More on RSS

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    I just wanted to post a quick follow up to Dean’s post about RSS in Longhorn. My name is Sean Lyndersay, and I’m a senior program manager on the RSS team. After Dean’s announcement, we turned on our RSS Team Blog , and kicked things off with a post about the Simple List Extensions. The RSS Team Blog will be the place to go for all things related to the RSS platform features in Longhorn. If the post has something to do with IE, then we’ll cross-post as appropriate. The other great place for...
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    Longhorn loves RSS!

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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 Earlier today, I went to downtown Seattle to Gnomedex 5.0, and stood up in front of 300 tech influentials, enthusiasts and leaders to talk about some really exciting things that we’ve been working on for the past several months. The main thing I talked about is the deep platform support for RSS that we’re building into the next version of Windows codenamed “Windows...
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    Using rounded corners with IE today

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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 Web developers often want to add rounded corners to their pages. Since we have no plans to do native rounded corner support in IE7 (CSS3 feature), I want to point out that there is an article available on MSDN that shows you how you can easily and efficiently implement rounded corners with IE today. Enjoy! http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url...
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