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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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    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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    Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 2: Protection from Socially Engineered Attacks

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    As Eric introduced in his post earlier this week, Internet Explorer offers layered defenses to protect against and mitigate each of three major classes of threats that browser users face when surfing the sometimes-hostile Web: Technological attacks designed to exploit the browser or operating system Web attacks designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Web sites Social engineering attacks against the user’s trust Today’s post discusses how IE8 and IE9 can help protect users from the third class of attacks...
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    Making Tracking Protection Lists Available From Your Web Site

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    Any site can offer Tracking Protection Lists ( TPLs ) to help consumers protect their privacy. This post shows you how to make a TPL available from your site. For example, clicking here in IE9 will add the list from the EasyPrivacy . A word about Tracking Protection Lists Tracking Protection Lists are similar in concept to the lists behind the AdBlockPlus add-in for Firefox. The main differences are that TPLs are built in to IE, the W3C is working through the standardization process of their format...
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    More Control over Flash Cookies with IE

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    Internet Explorer now gives you more control over the data that Web sites store on your computer. This includes Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (LSOs). We’ve worked closely with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Internet Explorer, making it easier for you to manage your online privacy with the latest version of Adobe Flash and IE9 (as well as IE8): IE will delete your Flash Cookies as well as your Web cookies If you want to try this out, please visit our Test...
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    More Standards Documentation Available

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    Last month we published interoperability information for Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 focused on CSS and HTML4.01. Today we publish another set of documentation covering: Document Object Model (DOM) Level 1 ( spec link ) Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Core ( spec link ) Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Events ( spec link ) Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 HTML ( spec link ) Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Style ( spec link ) Document Object Model...
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    Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

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    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners...
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    W3C Transitions Pointer Events to Candidate Recommendation

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    Today, the W3C published Pointer Events as a Candidate Recommendation, an important step towards a standard and interoperable way to handle input from touch, pen, mouse, and more. This fast 5-month progression from First Public Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation is a mark of the effective collaboration between Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Opera, Nokia, jQuery, and others to help sites take advantage of new interactive hardware on the Web. Candidate Recommendation indicates the W3C considers...
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    December 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-097 - Critical This security update resolves 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 have fewer user rights on the system could be less...
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    Security Advisory 2755801 Updated to Address Adobe Flash Player Issues documented in APSB13-08

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    Today we released an update that addresses vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8. The details of the vulnerabilities are documented in Adobe security bulletin APSB13-08 . The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because the update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For those manually updating, we encourage you to read the advisory and apply this update as quickly as possible. This update addresses...
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    IE Dev Center: Finding the resources you need, quickly

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    Last week we launched a remodeled Internet Explorer Developer Center ( msdn.com/ie ) to make it easier for developers to find the comprehensive documentation quickly. Based on your feedback, we’ve adjusted our site structure as part of a larger Windows Dev Center redesign in order to: Make it easier to find developer topics across versions of IE Find more comprehensive API documentation faster Learn best practices from developer guides, tutorials, and sample code We organized the...
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    HTML5 History in IE10

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    Building fast and functional sites is a challenge with which most Web developers are familiar. Loading a new page every time the user clicks a link is slow. Fetching all content dynamically effectively disables the back button. Working with hashes is better, but still not ideal. Internet Explorer 10 in the Windows Developer Preview eliminates the compromise by adding support for HTML5 History . The pushState , replaceState , and popstate APIs provide fine-grained control over the behavior of the...
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    Best Practices for Getting Started with SVG

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    Web graphics in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format offer better quality display over a broader range of device sizes compared to bitmap-based graphics. SVG also has inherent accessibility making it the best choice for interactive graphics and those involving text. SVG usage on the Web continues to grow. Last week at SVG Open 2011 , we had the opportunity to meet with and hear from Web developers putting SVG to use in a wide variety of real-world applications. These applications include...
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    Debugging IndexedDB Applications

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    IndexedDB is a W3C Working Draft that enables JavaScript developers to store, search, and retrieve data on the user's local client, even when Internet connectivity is disabled . This blog post describes IDBExplorer, a tool we use internally to debug IndexedDB applications. IDBExplorer lets you view database schemas, object store content, and index details. Exploring the tool with an example IndexedDB App To illustrate, I created an application that tracks my New Year’s resolutions...
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    Creating Files through BlobBuilder

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    As Web sites transition more and more into Web applications, working with files in meaningful ways is becoming increasingly important. Starting with Platform Preview 2, IE10 includes support for the File API , enabling developers to read and slice files on the client. Platform Preview 4 adds support for BlobBuilder , a way for developers to create new files. IE10 also has two new methods that allow the user to save blobs to their computer, enabling great end-to-end experiences when working...
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    Support a Live Tile for your website on Windows and Windows Phone 8.1

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    tl;dr : Have an RSS feed? Build a Live Tile for your Web site within minutes at buildmypinnedsite.com . Enabling Web powered Start screens With Internet Explorer, users can put their favorite Web sites right beside their favorite apps by pinning them to the Windows and Windows Phone Start Screens. Pinning Web sites from IE gives users immediate access to these sites from the Start Screen without having to navigate to them repeatedly. When users pin your site, they have indicated that they...
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    IE8 is now available on Windows XP for 5 more languages

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    We are pleased to announce the availability of Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP for 5 additional languages today. These languages were tagged as “Coming Soon” in our blog post early June . Please visit our World wide sites page to download Internet Explorer in your preferred locale/ language. Languages newly available on Windows XP: Telugu Malayalam Punjabi (India) Kannada Bengali (India) For reference, here’s a table with the full list of IE8 availability: ...
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    Declaring Security

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    Recently, a number of people have asked me what I think about Mozilla’s Content Security Policy draft spec. Back in January, I went on record as being someone who thinks that CSP is a good idea. CSP is a mechanism for declarative security , whereby a site communicates its intent and leaves it up to the user-agent to determine how to enforce it. There are a number of benefits to declarative security mechanisms: Reduced compatibility risks. Because sites must opt-in and declare what, if...
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    IE 9.0.3 Available via Windows Update

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    The October 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update . This security update resolves eight 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 any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer...
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