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    Meet Some of the IE7 Team

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    Last week Channel 9 , with camera in tow, paid a visit to the IE Team. In the first video I talk far too long at the start before we walk the hallways and meet a few members of the team. In the second video we chat with Max Stevens on user experience. The third video is with the RSS team where we discuss the new RSS support in IE7. In the final video we meet Eric Lawrence and Katya Sedova and discuss networking. As you can tell from the videos we had a lot of fun doing them and hope to have the Channel...
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    Welcome 2010!

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    Happy N w Year!
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    Add-on Performance Part 3: Optimizing Add-on Startup Performance

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    In the first post of this series, we described how add-ons can decrease IE’s performance during tab creation. Many users with add-ons enabled have noticed a performance improvement when they open new tabs after disabling their add-ons. We also walked you through how to measure add-on performance and identify areas of impact using the Windows Performance Tools . In this post, we delve into methods and best practices developers can use to improve their add-ons’ start-up performance,...
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    Working with the IE ActiveX Update

    To learn more about how IE works with the IE ActiveX Update and the options at your disposal to control the user experience of your web pages, please review this article on MSDN. You can try out the new behavior today on released versions of IE6 or IE7 Beta 2 Preview . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    Add-ons: Detecting and Displaying Add-on Version Numbers

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    In the past months we worked with add-on developers to release new versions of their add-ons that follow IE’s guidelines and requirements for add-on development. We used the Upgrade Advisor to help update their users to the new versions. Some add-on vendors asked how IE determines and displays an add-on’s version. This post answers this question so that all add-on developers can design their versioning schemes to be compatible with IE features such as Manage Add-ons and the Upgrade Advisor. There...
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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-008 - Critical

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    Today, we are releasing an out-of-band security update to fully address the issue described in Security Advisory 2794220 . While we have still seen only a limited number of customers affected by the issue, the potential exists that more customers could be affected in the future. This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet...
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    Internet Explorer Expert Zone Chat

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 On Thursday Jan 13th at 10:00AM PST we’ll be holding our regular monthly Internet Explorer chat with team members. See http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/expertzone/chats/default.mspx for details. The focus of this chat will be currently supported versions of Internet Explorer and is an opportunity to interact with members of the product team getting assistance and giving feedback. We will not be discussing...
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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-012 - Critical

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    This security update resolves sixteen 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 on the system could be less impacted than users...
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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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    Rely on Declarative Security Features in the Browser

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    Cutting edge web applications push the boundaries of the web development model. In the security space, this raises an interesting question – who owns security for a web application built on a complex platform hierarchy? Is it the application at the top of the stack, the intermediate platform component, or the browser itself? We believe that web application security is a shared responsibility between the browser client, web platform components (such as ASP.Net), and web applications themselves...
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    New info on IE ActiveX update

    For new information on the IE ActiveX Update, please see Mike Nash’s announcement . Due to the sensitive nature of this issue, we are not taking comments on this post. Thanks for your understanding. - Tony Chor
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    Updated Documentation on Controlling Security Restrictions

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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 Our documentation team has just completed updating our documentation covering how administrators and developers can control certain features. This includes the following articles: About Zone Elevation Introduction to Feature Controls About URL Security Zone Templates These documents are useful in understanding the security work undertaken in Windows XP SP2...
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    IE Team Chat Schedule

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    After a great turnout this year, we are continuing our monthly online Expert Zone chats with the IE Team in 2009. Here is our schedule for the first half of next year: January 22 nd February 19 th March 19 th April 23 rd May 21 st June 18 th All our chats start at 10.00 PST/18.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. In case you miss the chat, a transcript will be published afterward and available...
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    IE October Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for October 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates for all Microsoft products. This update addresses six vulnerabilities. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Internet Explorer handles the error resulting...
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    Getting Ready for SVG Open

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    I recently demonstrated Test Driving Modern SVG using the SVG Dice sample currently on the Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive site . While building this sample, I learned that both performance and interoperability for SVG are a subtle continuum and are not binary. This point resonated with me so much that I modified my presentation for this week’s SVG Open Conference entitled “ The Future of SVG and HTML5 ” to include methods by which the SVG developer community can rally around to...
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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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    Exploring ECMAScript 5 with a Simple Game of Poker

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    Support for ECMAScript 5, the updated standard of the language commonly known as JavaScript, is part of our promise to ensure that the same markup and same script works across browsers. Over the past few months we’ve devoted more than a few blog posts to the topic including: ECMAScript 5: Reusable code ECMAScript 5: Arrays Extras IE9’s Document Modes and JavaScript With the IE9 RC, we released another Test Drive demo to explore the full benefits of ECMAScript 5 available in IE9. This game of Texas...
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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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    ActiveX Filtering for Developers

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    When we introduced ActiveX Filtering with the IE9 Release Candidate, we focused on delivering a great user experience that stays out of the way from regular browsing and makes it easy for users to turn off filtering when they want to. At the same time, we want users to have a great experience viewing Web sites while ActiveX Filtering is enabled. This includes minimizing site compatibility issues and clearly indicating when content on a Web page is blocked by ActiveX Filtering. ...
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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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    IEBlog 2010: Connecting With You

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    When IEblog was inaugurated on July 21, 2004 , we set out to establish “a better connection with the IE Team.” 2010 took that connection to a new level by introducing 7 pre- and post-beta Platform Previews , a Test Drive site of 75 informative, entertaining, and discussion-provoking demos, and 137 IEBlog posts —more than any year other than 2006, the year of IE7’s release. For the first time, we included HTML5 H.264 video directly in posts. You responded with over 7,050...
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    Reminder: SVG Open 2011 October 17-20

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    SVG Open 2011 , the 9th International Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics, is just over two weeks away. This year’s theme, “Where SVG Meets the Web,” underscores SVG’s inclusion in HTML5 and its growing importance on the Web. SVG is also the declarative vector graphics format for Windows 8 Metro style apps built using HTML . The conference is an annual showcase of SVG innovation bringing together the leaders who drive SVG forward. Microsoft is honored to host this year’s conference at our New...
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    User Experiences: Accessibility in IE9 Beta

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    Internet Explorer is a universal product used by people young and old, new and experienced, speaking many different languages.  A lot of people take advantage of IE’s built in accessibility features (like page zoom, caret browsing, find in page, etc) and additional assistive technology such as screen readers to use the web.  Accessibility is beneficial to everyone no matter what their abilities.   

    As with every Internet Explorer release, we are committed to delivering a browser that’s accessible for all users.  Part of achieving that goal is making sure assistive technology works well with IE.  IE9 fundamentally changes how users interact with the browser and how the browser takes advantage of the entire PC.  Those changes also impact how assistive technology interacts with IE, which necessitates updates from some assistive technology.  For example, the new notification model is not read by many screen readers, and screen readers can no longer depend on the GDI display subsystem since IE9 uses Windows Direct2D and DirectWrite as part of enabling hardware-accelerated HTML5. 

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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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    September Chat with the IE Team on Thursday

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    Join members of the Internet Explorer team for an Expert Zone chat next Thursday, September 11 th at 10.00 PDT/17.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered by members of the IE product team. Thank you to all who have attended the chats to date! If you can’t join us online, all chat transcripts are published here . Hope you can join us on Thursday for our first chat sine IE8 Beta 2 released! Kristen Kibble Program Manager P.S. Upcoming IE chat dates are...
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