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    Windows Release Preview: The Sixth IE10 Platform Preview

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    With IE10 in Windows 8, we reimagined the browser. We designed and built IE10 to be the best way to experience the full Web on Windows. Consumers can now enjoy more touch-friendly, fast and fluid Web applications with the updated IE10 engine included in the Windows Release Preview . This sixth Platform Preview of IE10 delivers improved performance and support for touch-first HTML5, as well as a new power-optimized, touch-friendly Adobe Flash Player that enables content on compatible Web sites to...
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    Search in IE7 (Part 2)

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    I posted previously that in IE7, the user is in control of search, and that changing the default search provider (as well as modifying the list of search engines in IE7’s list) is easy. In this post I’ll describe some of the specifics and recap feedback we’ve gotten from users. The short version: the search box in IE7 is not Microsoft’s. It belongs to the user. Our guiding principle for the search box in IE7 is that the user is in control. Read on for details. The Default . The typical default...
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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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid.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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    Wanted: IE8 Beta Testers

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    As previously mentioned in the IE8 Beta Feedback post back in March, we have several ways to submit feedback on the IE8 Beta. Currently the only way to directly file a bug with the IE Team is to be a part of the IE8 Technical Beta program on Microsoft Connect . Beta 2 is right around the corner and we are expanding our reach! If you wish to be a part of making IE better by contributing great bug reports then please email us at IESO@microsoft.com and tell us a little about yourself including why you...
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    IE10 on Windows 7 available in November

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    As we approach general availability of Windows 8, we want to provide an update on IE10 for Windows 7. We will release a preview of IE10 on Windows 7 in mid-November, with final availability to follow as we collect developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities . IE10 brings improved real-world site performance...
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    Real-World Protection With IE8’s SmartScreen Filter™

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    Back in March, I posted a note to the IEBlog when the pre-release version of IE8’s SmartScreen Filter had delivered its 10 millionth malware block. Today, I’m happy to report that IE8’s SmartScreen Filter has delivered more than 70 million blocks in the first four months since IE8’s official release, for a cumulative total of 80 million blocks . This data is a strong indication of the value of the protection SmartScreen provides, and of just how widespread socially-engineered malware attacks are...
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    HTML5 and Same Markup: Second IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

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    When we started planning IE9, we recognized the need for a better feedback loop with developers. The developer community was clear that they wanted pre-release builds of the browser platform in a consistent rhythm, with a good feedback mechanism. Seven weeks ago at the MIX Conference, we released the first IE9 Platform Preview. We committed to updating the Preview approximately every eight weeks. Today, we’re releasing the second Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9, available now at...
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    IE7 Transparent PNG Implementation

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    My name is Sam Fortiner and I’m a developer on the Internet Explorer team here at Microsoft. I joined the company about a year ago when I was given the opportunity to work on IE. Since then I’ve worked on several aspects of IE and recently settled down into the layout and display team. As part of my work in this team, I implemented support for per-pixel alpha in PNGs. Support for per-pixel alpha in PNGs in IE, or transparent PNGs as I’ll refer to them going forward, has been called many things...
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    Layout Complete Announced at MIX06

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    Thursday, March 23 rd and I am sitting in the airport heading home from MIX06. It was a great conference with very good customer interactions. Also hanging out with Eric , Molly , Andy , Tantek and Dave was a lot of fun. Yesterday, I had my talk, “ Making your site look great in IE7 ”. Even though the title implied that the talk was only on IE7 the real focus was on making standard based designs great on IE7 and other browsers. To prove that I ran the audience to a CSSZenGarden inspired demo,...
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    Browser Power Consumption—Leading the Industry with Internet Explorer 9

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    Power consumption is an important consideration in building a modern browser and one objective of Internet Explorer 9 is to responsibly lead the industry in power requirements. The more efficiently a browser uses power the longer the battery will last in a mobile device, the lower the electricity costs, and the smaller the environment impact. While power might seem like a minor concern, with nearly two billion people now using the Internet the worldwide implications of browser power consumption are...
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    IE August 2006 Security Update is now available

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    The IE cumulative August 2006 security update is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update and I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already. This update addresses 8 security issues: 5 remote code execution vulnerabilities, 2 information disclosure vulnerabilities and 1 elevation of privilege vulnerability. For more information on the contents of this update, please see: Microsoft...
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    Thank you, Al

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    Hello everybody, My name is Anurag Jain and I am a Program Manager on the IE team. I am also involved in the sustained engineering efforts to support IE6, and chances are that I might have spoken to some of you on the phone. I would like to thank Al for the great work he has done here, both with the IE blog and his other duties, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. I hope everyone is enjoying the second beta of IE7. Keep sending us your feedback! - Anurag
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    Native XMLHTTPRequest object

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    Hello, I’m Sunava Dutta and I am a Program Manager in the Internet Explorer team. I’m excited to mention that IE7 will support a scriptable native version of XMLHTTP. This can be instantiated using the same syntax across different browsers and decouples AJAX functionality from an ActiveX enabled environment. What is XMLHTTP? XMLHTTP was first introduced to the world as an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer 5.0. Over time, this object has been implemented by other browsing platforms, and...
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    IE7 Platforms and Outlook Express

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    We’ve seen lots of questions about the IE7 announcement. Many of these we are not ready to answer and discuss at this time but there are two things that I can offer clarification on. Platforms. We currently plan to make IE7 available for Windows XP SP2 and later. This will therefore include availability not only for the 32bit version of Windows XP SP2 but also for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 SP1 both of which are due to be released soon. As Dean commented in his original...
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    User Experiences: Evolving the blue “e”

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    “IE9 started from the premise that the modern web will deliver HTML5 experiences that feel more like native applications than sites. Building on hardware-accelerated SVG, canvas, video, audio, and text, developers will use the power of the whole PC to achieve great performance. On the modern web, developers will use the same markup across different HTML5 browsers.” – Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Windows Internet Explorer Why start a post on designing the new Windows...
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    Developer Toolbar for IE announced at PDC

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    The developer community has asked for a long time: Where is the free developer toolbar for IE? We recognized the popularity of free IE tools like Fiddler and we listened to your feedback. I am glad to announce the next addition to our developer tool support: The IE dev toolbar. This tool will help developers to explore their HTML documents and understand everything about it. With the IE Dev Toolbar you have several features at your fingertips to go deep into existing pages or pages that you are...
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    The Keyboard Lover’s Guide to IE7

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    Many are content to spend all day clicking fancy looking buttons or menu items in order to get their tasks accomplished, but those who know the correct keyboard and mouse shortcuts can often get around applications more efficiently: Browsing the web with Internet Explorer is no exception. I want to take a minute to discuss a few useful shortcuts already available in IE6 that will help you get around the web, and then list some great new shortcuts we are providing in IE7. First: Getting around...
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    Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2

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    Hi, this is Al and I wanted to talk about feedback and support for Beta 2 of IE7 now that it is available. There are two main avenues for feedback for Beta 2, which are newsgroups and the Internet Explorer Feedback site. Internet Explorer Feedback As I posted about on March 24 , we have a site live to collect bug reports and product suggestions for future versions of IE. I'll have a blog post soon about how that is going and top issues but the site is especially important for Beta 2. The...
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    Overview of Platform Improvements in IE8 RC1

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    This is one of my favorite times in the product cycle. IE8 is platform complete and as we get closer to releasing the final product, more and more web developers and designers will take advantage of the browser’s features to enable scenarios we haven’t even imagined! Since the release of IE8 Beta 2 we’ve listened to feedback from many channels including IE8 Beta Feedback , standards working groups and this blog. We’ve made thousands of platform improvements in response to both feedback, and from...
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    IE Developer Toolbar Beta 3 - Now Available

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    We’re happy to announce the availability of a new beta of the IE Developer Toolbar . Along with all the features available previously this release contains some new features to improve the usability and help web designers troubleshoot issues on their pages. User Interface Update . You’ll notice some changes to the user interface. There is now a single button on the IE command bar that allows the user to quickly toggle on and off the bottom panel which then gives easy access to all the features. After...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers – Standards Highlights

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    Dean mentioned a bunch of things we are doing in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers . I want to point you to more details specifically about the developer focused changes to CSS, the DOM and the new version targeting. Standards support (CSS/HTML) IE8 improves rendering of content authored to various web standards in standards mode. As we have mentioned before, IE8 Beta 1 for Developers ships with standards mode as its default formatting engine. In order to maintain backwards compatibility...
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    IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations - Part 1

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    Hello again, this is Peter Gurevich, Performance PM (among other things) for IE7. We have heard a lot of requests to improve our Jscript engine, especially now that AJAX sites are becoming more prevalent on the web. I want you all to know that we have been listening and have recently made some great fixes to our engine to improve the garbage collection routine and to reduce unbounded memory growth. You should see noticeable improvements on AJAX sites in the Release Candidate we shipped last week...
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    Phishing Filter in IE7

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    Hi, my name is Tariq Sharif and I am a Program Manager on the IE Security team. One of the threats users face on the web is phishing. Today, I want to tell you about the Phishing Filter in IE7, a new security feature designed to dynamically warn users if they visit a phishing site. I’ll cover the filter service communication flow, show you what some of the filter notifications look like, how can you report a phishing site and most importantly I will let you know the process of reporting an...
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    IE10 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

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    Internet Explorer 10 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today . We will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE10 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE10 Release Preview. With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers. 20% faster for real world Web sites With IE10 we continue delivering the best performance...
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    Compatibility View Improvements to come in IE8

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    The next public update of IE8 (for Windows Vista- and Windows XP-based operating systems as well as the Windows 7 Beta) includes improvements to Compatibility View that help end-users when they visit web sites that are not yet ready for IE8’s new, more standards-compliant defaults. This blog post describes the technical background and how this new functionality works. A Brief History of Standards, Interoperability, Compatibility, and IE8 As we improve the interoperability of Internet Explorer...
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