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    Windows Vista and Parental Controls in IE7

    Hello World! I’m Sharon Cohen, Program Manager for parental controls in IE7. If you haven’t heard about Windows Vista Parental Controls, be sure to read Brian’s blog post which gives a great overview of the feature. I’d like to fill you in on the great features IE7 adds to Windows Vista Parental Controls. IE7 offers two features which will enhance the Windows Vista Parental Controls experience for both parents and children. As Brian described, when Parental Controls have been enabled on a child...
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    The IE10 User-Agent String

    We recently announced IE10 Platform Preview 1 . Aside from some exciting new features , this platform preview also includes the new IE10 user-agent string : Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 10.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/6.0) Overall this represents a natural evolution of the IE9 user-agent string with only two changes: The value of the “MSIE” token is now “10.0” The value of the “Trident” token is now “6.0” Also, Compatibility View still maps to IE7...
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    IE8 Security Part V: Comprehensive Protection

    Hi! I’m Eric Lawrence, Security Program Manager for Internet Explorer. Last Tuesday, Dean wrote about our principles for delivering a trustworthy browser ; today, I’m excited to share with you details on the significant investments we’ve made in Security for Internet Explorer 8. As you might guess from the length of this post, we’ve done a lot of security work for this release. As an end-user, simply upgrade to IE8 to benefit from these security improvements. As a domain administrator, you can use...
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    What we talk about on IEBlog

    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 I will paraphrase Jeff Davis , a developer on the IE team, when it comes to setting parameters for what we will and will not talk about IEBlog. We will happily post and discuss issues around what features should be in IE, how features work in IE, the importance of application compatibility in IE, tips and tricks in IE, answers to technical issues, security and extensibility in IE, web browsing in general...
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    Guidelines for Building Touch-friendly Sites

    In Windows 8 Consumer Preview , IE10 enables fast and fluid multi-touch experiences on the Web. Most sites work fine with touch in IE10 with no changes to the site. This post provides four simple guidelines to ensure your customers who use touch can most effectively use your site. We’ve written before about how new input devices and touch screens make the Web more fun, interactive, and immersive. We’ve also talked about the importance of ensuring a no compromise browsing experience...
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    IE8 and Loosely-Coupled IE (LCIE)

    Hi, my name is Andy Zeigler, and I’m a Program Manager on the Internet Explorer Foundations team. I’d like to tell you about a new IE8 feature called Loosely-Coupled IE, or LCIE for short. Essentially, LCIE is a collection of internal architecture changes to Internet Explorer that improve the reliability, performance, and scalability of the browser. It also paves the way for future improvements in other areas, including security and usability. To do this, we’ve isolated the browser frame and...
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    Testing Multiple Versions of IE on One PC

    Previous posts described the importance of developing sites with feature detection and debugging a site’s behavior in older versions of Internet Explorer using IE’s browser and document modes . Testing production Web sites against multiple browsers and multiple browser versions is a reality of Web development. IE9’s emulation of older IE document modes makes this easier but those emulations are not exact. Some developers need a convenient way to run multiple versions of Internet Explorer on one PC...
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    The <?xml> prolog, strict mode, and XHTML in IE

    I realized as I read through the comments to my last blog post that I forgot to mention one important item that was in my presentation. We have fixed the DOCTYPE switch so it will skip an XML prolog, so that valid XHTML can be handled in strict compliance mode rather than quirks mode. I’ve also been reading comments for some time in the IEBlog asking for support for the “application/xml+xhtml” MIME type in IE. I should say that IE7 will not add support for this MIME type – we will, of course,...
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    HTML5, Modernized: Fourth IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

    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. With IE9, we have worked much more closely with the developer community. Developers have had an earlier (and more frequently updated...
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    More IE8 Extensibility Improvements

    We’ve made a few improvements to our extensibility model in IE8 RC1 based on feedback we’ve received both internally and externally. WebBrowser (WebOC) Rendering Mode Changes About a year ago, I posted an entry talking about WebBrowser Control Rendering Modes in IE8 . You may recall that applications using the WebBrowser Control (also known as the WebOC, or Trident hosts) can use a Feature Control Key to select the default rendering mode of webpages they load. Since our release of IE8 Beta...
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    The First Year of IE7

    It’s been a little over a year since we released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year. According to internal Microsoft research based on data from Visual Sciences Corporation, there are over 300 million users are experiencing the web with IE7. This makes IE7 the second most popular browser after IE6. IE7 is already #1 in the US and UK, and we expect IE7 to surpass IE6 worldwide shortly. Perhaps more important...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Final Available Now

    Today we’re excited to release the final build of Internet Explorer 8 in 25 languages. IE8 makes what real people do on the web every day faster, easier, and safer. Anyone running Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server can get 32- and 64-bit versions now from . (Windows 7 users will receive an updated IE8 as part of the next Windows 7 milestone.) We’ve blogged a lot here about what’s in IE8. Stepping back from individual features, Internet Explorer is focused...
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    The Internet Explorer 8 User-Agent String

    As Dean announced , a beta version of Internet Explorer 8 will be released in the first half of 2008. The HTTP headers of every web request contain a simple string called the "User-Agent" that allows servers to identify the type and version of the visitor’s browser. For a deeper understanding of the User-Agent string, please see Understanding User-Agent Strings . When released, the IE8 beta will introduce an updated User-Agent string. For IE8, we’ve simply replaced "MSIE 7.0" with "MSIE 8.0...
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    Protected Mode for IE7 in Windows Vista - Is it On or Off?

    Hi, my name is Sharath Udupa and I’m a developer on the IE team. Many customers have asked us about when Protected Mode feature is turned on or off for Internet Explorer in Windows Vista.The Protected Mode feature is available only in Windows Vista. By default, Protected Mode is enabled for Internet, Intranet and Restricted zones while disabled for the Trusted Sites and Local Machine zone. To enable or disable Protected Mode for a zone go to: Internet Options > Security tab > Select the...
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    Asynchronous Programming in JavaScript with “Promises”

    Asynchronous patterns are becoming more common and more important to moving web programming forward. They can be challenging to work with in JavaScript. To make asynchronous (or async) patterns easier, JavaScript libraries (like jQuery and Dojo) have added an abstraction called promises (or sometimes deferreds). With these libraries, developers can use promises in any browser with good ECMAScript 5 support. In this post, we’ll explore how to use promises in your web applications using XMLHttpRequest2...
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    Native XMLHTTPRequest object

    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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    IE11 Developer Preview for Windows 7: Enabling Next Generation Sites and Apps - Faster

    With the recent release of Windows 8.1 Preview , Internet Explorer 11 continues our vision of providing the best Web experience across the full range of Windows devices and screen sizes. IE11 on Windows 7 offers the same improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools. The Developer Preview of IE11 on Windows 7 is available for download today. This video shows some of the performance, Web programming,...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available

    We’re excited to release IE8 Beta 2 today for public download. You can find it at . Please try it out! You’ll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. In addition to English, IE8 Beta 2 is available in Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), and German. Additional languages will be available soon. While Beta 1 was for developers, we think that anyone who browses or works on the web will enjoy IE8...
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    Testing sites with Browser Mode vs. Doc Mode

    With site developers verifying that their sites run well in IE9 and taking advantage of the new HTML5 capabilities and better performance in IE9’s Standards mode, now is a good time to recap how to use Browser Mode and Document Mode to test sites for IE9 and previous IE versions. In summary, developers can use IE’s Developer Tool’s Browser Mode menu to test how their site will run in different versions of IE. The Document Mode menu is what developers use to determine the best rendering mode for their...
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    IE Developer Toolbar Beta 3 - Now Available

    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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    Upgrading to Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

    I am here to tell you how to upgrade to IE8 Beta 2. IE8 Beta 2 system requirements are the same as IE8 Beta 1 and it’s currently available in English, Chinese Simplified, German and Japanese. Stay tuned for more localized IE8 Beta 2 versions to be available shortly. Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Getting Ready Before you start IE8 Beta 2 installation, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: Uninstalling IE8 Beta 1 If you have Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 installed, the...
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    IE8 and Reliability

    Developing technologies that work reliably on their own and as part of the computing ecosystem is core to our mission and is an important part of our commitment to Trustworthy Computing. Our customers and partners expect technologies and services they can depend on anytime, anywhere, and on any device. We focus on constant improvements to the dependability of our technologies and services. For Internet Explorer, reliability means that the browser should always start quickly, perform well, connect...
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    Beta 3 UX Improvements

    Hi everybody, Max here. I posted before about " A New Look for IE ” back when we released the beta 2 preview, and with the launch of beta 3, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the new functionality we have added and changes we have made specifically related to your feedback. First and foremost, let me thank everybody who has put the time and effort towards giving us feedback, whether it’s through our connect site , participating in our monthly online chats , talking with us at...
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    How IE8 Determines Document Mode

    This post describes how IE8 determines what Document Mode such as Quirks or Standards Modes to use for rendering websites. This topic is important for site developers and consumers. It’s related to the Compatibility View List that we recently updated . This list is down by over 1000 websites, from over 3100 to just over 2000, since IE8 released last March. As we work with site developers and standards bodies, we’re excited to see the sites that need to be on the Compatibility View...
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    Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available

    This morning we released our first public release candidate, IE7 RC1, for Windows XP. You can download it at . The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility. You may not notice many visible changes from the Beta 3 release ; all we did was listen to your feedback, fix bugs that you reported, and make final adjustments to our CSS support. I do want to call attention to two changes in particular. First, IE7 RC1...
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