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    IE8 and IP Licensing

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    Some of the first things users may notice in the Beta 1 release of Internet Explorer 8 are new features such as Activities and WebSlice. We recognize that the technology behind Activities and Webslice relies on innovations that have come out of the community, which of course has had a critical role in the development of the Internet. We also appreciate the community’s deep commitment to permissive IP licensing and to ensuring the continued ability to innovate. So with these new features and other...
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    International Mailto URIs in IE7

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    Introduction New to IE7 is more reliable and standards-compliant support for international mailto URIs. This post will describe how users, application developers, and web developers can use this new feature of IE7. The following is a simple example of a mailto URI which, when clicked, will launch your default email client to send a new message: mailto:name@example.com In IE6, mailto URIs containing characters not found in your system codepage may or may not appear in your mail client...
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    Windows 7 RC Tab Hang Reporting Update Available

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    As we described on Monday , the IE8 in Windows 7 RC includes additional tab “hang” reporting functionality. This functionality relies on a timer threshold to determine when a tab might be unresponsive. This threshold was calibrated based on data from internal Microsoft users. As we began to look at data coming in from real-world Win7 RC users, we noticed that some users are being prompted to recover from hung tabs more frequently than some would like. We stated on Monday that if the data suggests...
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    Visit with IE team members at a conference in your area soon!

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    Members of the IE team will be traveling far and wide over the next month, attending conferences and speaking with you, our customers, about IE7. Look for us at RSA next week and Blackhat Europe , South by Southwest , and Mix06 in March. We’re considering attending ETech , and we’re looking at other conferences through the rest of 2006, so hopefully we’ll get to your corner of the world. Be sure to look us up if you have any questions about IE7. See you in San Jose, Amsterdam, Austin, and...
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    IE February 2006 Security Update is now available

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    The IE February 2006 security update is now available! This security update is now available via Windows Update . Please note: this update only applies to IE5.01 SP4. Users running the supported versions of IE6 or later do not need to apply this update. Windows 2000 customers are encouraged to upgrade to IE6SP1. Windows XP customers are not affected by this update. Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates available via the new Microsoft Update . I would encourage you...
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    DOM Range and HTML5 Selection

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    We’ve written a lot about the support we’re building in Internet Explorer 9 to allow developers to write the same markup and get the same results across browsers. IE9 includes two new features that are great for web developers writing same markup: DOM Range and the HTML5 Text Selection APIs. DOM Range provides a simple, consistent way to extract and manipulate a piece of a document. It’s also the underlying unit of the HTML5 Text Selection APIs , which help you connect with one of the common ways...
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    JavaScript tests now available on the IE Testing Center

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    Our commitment to same markup includes script along with HTML, CSS, SVG, and the other markup that developers use to build the web. To make same markup real, the community needs a set of official tests to assess how interoperable and standards-compliant different browsers are with the latest version of JavaScript, “ECMAScript Fifth Edition” (fondly known as ES5). As we mentioned in a recent blog post , Ecma International (the standards body behind JavaScript) is working through a process...
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    Now Available: Internet Explorer 8 MUI packs for Windows XP, Windows Server 03

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    We are pleased to announce the availability of Internet Explorer 8 Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packs for Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3, and Windows Server 2003 SP2. The MUI packs can be downloaded from here : Windows XP Windows XP Professional x64 Windows Server 2003 x86 Windows Server 2003 x64 As detailed in our previous blog post , the following Internet Explorer MUI packs shipped today – Internet Explorer 8 MUI pack applicable to Windows XP x86 and Windows Server...
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    New IE9 Developer Content on MSDN

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    As we’ve discussed many times on this blog , Internet Explorer 9 provides developers powerful new capabilities with the same HTML, CSS, and JavaScript used for other browsers. In addition to improving the product in an effort to make Web developers’ lives easier, we’ve also strived to improve the developer content provided on MSDN. The Internet Explorer developer content team writes and maintains all of the content you see in the “ HTML and CSS ” and “ Internet Explorer...
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    A Best Practice for Programming with Vendor Prefixes

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    Vendor prefixes enable Web developers to experiment with new standards before they reach the Candidate Recommendation stage. I previously wrote how these prefixes are also a mechanism browser vendors use for handling timing conflicts between implementations and specifications. In building demos of new features for our IE Test Drive site and in various presentations, many of us on the IE team deal extensively with vendor prefixes. This blog post describes a pattern we’ve used in some recent demos...
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    Go Beyond Pan, Zoom, and Tap Using Gesture Events

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    Based on your feedback, we’ve improved how sites can build advanced touch experiences using gesture events in IE10 on the Windows 8 Release Preview . Earlier we wrote about first steps Web developers should take to make sure their sites are touch-friendly and how to build new experiences that work well across input devices, including multi-touch, using hardware agnostic pointer events. This post covers IE10’s gesture events . An example of gesture events is the Browser Surface Test Drive...
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    Speed and Mobility: An Approach for HTTP 2.0 to Make Mobile Apps and the Web Faster

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    This week begins face to face meetings at the IETF on how to approach HTTP 2.0 and improve the Internet. How the industry moves forward together on the next version of HTTP – how every application and service on the Web communicates today – can have a positive impact on user experience, operational and environmental costs, and even the battery life of the devices you carry around. As part of this discussion of HTTP 2.0, Microsoft will submit to the IETF a proposal for “HTTP Speed...
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    Media Capture Prototype: Improved Support for Real World Web Apps

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    Today we updated on HTML5 Labs the previously released Media Capture prototype to better align it to the latest W3C editor draft . The HTML Media Capture working draft continues to evolve alongside related discussions in the Web RTC workgroup, and we have blogged previously about why this feature is important and how our Media Capture prototype implemented it in the past. Because the API surface for this feature is far from final, we are supporting a simple capture...
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    Working with Binary Data using Typed Arrays

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    With HTML5 comes many APIs that push the envelope on user experiences involving media and real-time communications. These features often rely on binary file formats, like MP3 audio, PNG images, or MP4 video. The use of binary file formats is important to these features to reduce bandwidth requirements, deliver expected performance, and interoperate with existing file formats. But until recently, Web developers haven’t had direct access to the contents of these binary files or any other custom...
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    IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit Available for Windows 7

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    Business and organizations that want to manage their own update schedule can use the IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11. This Blocker Toolkit—like its predecessors for IE10, IE9, IE8, and IE7—is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. While we encourage all customers to upgrade their browser to the latest version as quickly as possible, this approach enables organizations to control when they are ready to deploy IE11 to their Windows...
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    Enabling Professional-Quality Online Video: New Specifications for Interoperable Captioning

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    Video captioning on the Web is about to get significantly better, putting in place another critical building block for enabling professional-quality online video delivery and playback. To achieve the experience of broadcast television, the Web needs to provide captioning capabilities including word highlighting, tight synchronization between captions and spoken word, flexible caption positioning, caption styling, and caption animations – all of which are part of a recently published profile specification...
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    EtchMark Under the Hood: Building a Website that Handles Touch, Mouse, and Pen – and Device Shakes

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    EtchMark is a new take on the classic Etch-A-Sketch drawing toy, showcasing IE11’s improved support for touch and emerging Web standards (including Pointer Events and Device Orientation ). In this post, we’ll walk through several features that you can easily add to your own sites to build an experience that feels smooth and natural with touch, mouse, pen, and keyboard – and even responds to device shaking. Structure of the Demo EtchMark enables you to draw anything you want on the screen using...
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    October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

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    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin . Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security...
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    ECMAScript 5 Part 1: Reusable Code

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    In June, we wrote about IE9’s support for ECMAScript 5 (ES5) and published a TestDrive demo to explore some of the features. With IE9 Beta available, it’s a good time to talk about how developers can use ES5 to improve their code. Many of the features in ES5 are designed to help developers working with very large code bases by making the language both more robust and easier to maintain. In this series of blog posts we’ll look specifically at how ES5 helps you write more reusable code.

    For this post, we’ll focus on how ES5 makes it easier to create and clone objects and helps you ensure that your code is robust to mistakes when it is reused – even if you’re the only developer who will be using it.

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    September IE Expert Zone Chat

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    Just wanted to remind everyone that the IE team will be having our Expert Zone chat on Thursday September 14 th at 10.00AM PDT (5.00PM GMT). We’ll also post the transcript shortly after the chat for those of you who can’t make it. Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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    August IE Expert Zone Chat

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    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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    IE team Chat Wednesday, FireStarter event Thursday

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    Just a quick reminder that we’ve got two great opportunities for you to interact with the IE team this week. Tomorrow, March 25 th at 10.00 PDT/17.00 UTC is the Expert Zone chat . This is our first chat since IE8 released and we are excited to hear what you think and answer your questions. Thursday, March 26 th is the Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter event . This is a full day of talks and discussions about IE8. Everyone is invited to attend either in person or via Live Meeting . Thanks,...
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    Suggested Sites & Privacy

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    The IE8 feature Suggested Sites helps you discover related sites that can be helpful to get more information about your interests. Under the hood, Suggested Sites is a system that provides suggestions by using a collection of users’ visited sites. You may be wondering how Suggested Sites works with the investments we’ve made in privacy . Respecting user privacy and giving the user control over the data provided has been part of the design philosophy of Suggested Sites since the beginning. This blog...
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    Extended Validation Guidelines v1 Released!

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    I’ve talked several times in the past about Extended Validation SSL certificates and how they are a great step forward in establishing verified identity for websites. It is therefore with great pleasure that I am writing today about the official ratification of the EV Guidelines v1.0 by the Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum. You can read their announcement at http://cabforum.org . Internet Explorer 7 has supported EV SSL Certificates since February 2007 , based on the then current draft...
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    Add-ons: Feedback on Add-on Performance Advisor

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    Typically in blog posts we focus on the negative feedback we’ve heard, and the changes we make in the product as a result. In this post, we’re going to do something a little different. Below, we share the public feedback about the add-on performance advisor that we’ve heard, as well as some comments that show how aligned we are as an industry around performance. From the Houston Chronicle : One of the most interesting features of IE9 is its improved ability to manage browser...
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