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    HTML5 Privacy: Transparency in a Complex On-Line World

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    Today the University of California Berkeley Center for Law & Technology held a Browser Privacy Mechanisms Roundtable with participants from government, including Commissioner Julie Brill and Chief Technologist Ed Felten from the US Federal Trade Commission, academia, and industry, including Microsoft. Privacy spans technology and policy, and conversations that reflect these different points of view are important to have publicly. During the sessions, Microsoft announced that it is bringing our...
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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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    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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    Recent Changes to IE Content on MSDN

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    Do you read about Internet Explorer and related technologies on MSDN? We’ve recently reorganized the table of contents for the HTML/DHTML Overviews . We would like your feedback. Hi! My name is Lance Leonard; I'm a Programmer/Writer on the Internet Explorer Developer Content team. I'm part of the team that’s responsible for the content on MSDN that relates to Internet Explorer, specifically HTML and CSS and Internet Explorer Development . You may have noticed that we've added a lot of new content...
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    IE Feedback: Looking Back, Forging Ahead

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    IE9 users significantly impacted the engineering process and product with high quality, high value feedback. It is for this reason that we are pleased to announce that the Internet Explorer Feedback Program will remain open on an ongoing basis. Users continue to be able to search, reactivate, or log new bugs on Connect , and the IE team will continue to investigate and resolve them. We would like to reiterate our deep appreciation and thanks for the time and effort our users invested...
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    A Web Standard Quickly: W3C Navigation Timing reaches Candidate Recommendation

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    Sometimes Web standards can converge quickly . The W3C standard for Navigation Timing started about six months ago in the newly chartered Web Performance Working Group . The working group’s objective is to provide interoperable features that enable developers to measure and improve performance of their Web applications. Navigation Timing is the first specification from this this W3C working group, and in only six months went from a Working Draft to Candidate Recommendation . The community and...
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    Add-ons, Measuring Performance

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    After our recent posts on add-ons performance and installation experiences , we’ve seen some questions from developers. This post answers a few of the more common questions, and offers suggestions about what developers can do to improve the add-on experience. In this post , we described what IE measures (e.g. the impact of each add-on on page navigation) and when IE measures it. One question is how frequently does IE measure, and how does IE calculate the average. There are many alternatives to choose...
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    Passwords in IE11

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    Today’s Web relies on passwords as a form of authentication, which means people have to log into a variety of different services every day. Not only is typing passwords on touch devices cumbersome, but people are creating weak passwords and using the same password for every site, making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Having a secure, reliable password manager is the best method for encouraging people to create strong, unique passwords for every site.    With Internet Explorer 11, we’ve...
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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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    Blog Comments Back Up

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    The blog platform migration is now complete and the blog and comments are working as usual. If you notice any problems or want to comment on the new platform, please use this post to do so. Thanks for your patience. And now back your regularly scheduled programming...
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    Building Better Input Experience for East Asian Users with the IME API in IE11

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    During the development of Internet Explorer 11, we proposed and implemented a new set of IME APIs to the Web Applications Working Group for a better input experience for East Asian users. These discussions resulted in changes to the Editor’s Draft of the W3C IME API. This API enables developers to build a tightly integrated experience between the IME that East Asian users rely on to type in their local languages and the UI that developers create to assist input, for example a search suggestion list...
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    Protecting Consumers’ Privacy Online

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    This morning in the United States, the White House announced a new “ Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights ” as part of the effort to improve consumers’ online privacy. As I’ve mentioned before , Microsoft is actively participating in the industry initiative for Tracking Protection at the W3C to produce Web standards for online privacy. The Tracking Protection Working Group is chartered to work on two complementary initiatives: Tracking Preference Expression (Do Not Track) and...
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    IE8 and JScript

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    As Dean mentioned yesterday in his post announcing the availability of the Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for developers , better script performance is of particular interest to the developer community. In conjunction with Dean’s announcement, the JScript Team posted additional information around scripting improvements in IE8 Beta 1 over on their team blog . I encourage you to check it out and follow their blog to learn more about the cool things they are doing for IE8! Kristen Kibble Program Manger
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    Online Tracking, Consumer Protection, and Web Standards

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    Today, the W3C announced the creation of a Tracking Protection Working Group to work on defining what tracking is, signaling user intent, and tracking protection lists. The W3C’s action here can help protect consumers from unwanted tracking. We welcome the opportunity to work with the industry and governments on a Web standard based on our earlier work. The Tracking Protection feature in IE9 provides a way for consumers to benefit today by restricting which sites on the Web get information from...
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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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    ECMAScript, Fifth Edition Candidate Specification Announced

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    Yesterday was a significant milestone in the web’s continuing evolution—the announcement of ECMAScript, Fifth Edition Candidate Specification (formerly known as ECMAScript 3.1 back when I last mentioned it ); the “Candidate Specification” stage is the last stop on the road to becoming a final standard. Read more about it on the Jscript blog ! This is a great achievement and paves the way for enhanced web programming scenarios in all browsers. I’d also like to personally thank Allen and Pratap...
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    Security Intelligence Report Volume 6

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    The sixth edition of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR), Microsoft’s semi-annual report on the state of computer security was published on April 8, 2009. Using data derived from hundreds of millions of computers worldwide and some of the busiest online services on the Internet, this report provides an in-depth perspective on trends in: Software vulnerabilities (both in Microsoft software and in third-party software) Software exploits Security and privacy breaches Malicious and...
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    IE December Cumulative Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for December 2010 is now available via Windows Update . This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities and three 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. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative...
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    IE February Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for February 2009 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the 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 two privately reported vulnerabilities. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Internet Explorer handles the...
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    How You Help Us Improve IE’s Reliability

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    Over the past year, the structured feedback you provided while using the IE9 Platform Previews, Beta , and Release Candidate has been invaluable to helping us build the most reliable version of IE ever. The error reports that you send us via Windows Error Reporting and other methods help us fix the most impactful issues experienced by users. Your real-world browsing enables us to identify reliability problems in ways that cannot be matched by internal testing. In this post...
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    IE August Cumulative Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for August 2010 is now available via Windows Update . This security update resolves six 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. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights. This security update is rated Critical...
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    Microsoft Attending SVG Open 2010 Conference

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    With Patrick fresh off the plane from Brussels (see previous post), this is a great time to share that Patrick and I will be attending the SVG Open 2010 conference late this summer. The theme of this year’s conference is “Ubiquitous SVG.” We’re excited to help make this theme a reality through our continued participation in the W3C SVG Working Group and the broader developer community and with our implementation of SVG in IE9. SVG Open 2010, the 8th International Conference...
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    May 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-029 - Critical This security update resolves two 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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    Follow IE at MIX08 From Home

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    MIX08 kicks off in Vegas tomorrow! We’ve got a few sessions lined up and the event opens this year with IE General Manager, Dean Hachamovitch, being among the keynote speakers. For those unable to attend, you can follow along at home by keeping an eye on the MIX08 website . The keynote will be streamed live, and the rest of the content will be updated throughout the conference with videos from the sessions, photos, and more. Check out the site and follow along! Jefferson Fletcher Product...
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    IE Chat Rescheduled

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    The March IE Chat will be rescheduled for March 25 th at 10:00AM PST/18:00 UTC. A significant number of the IE PM team will be attending the Mix09 conference in Las Vegas on March 18-20 th and didn’t want to miss out on chat. We apologize for any inconvenience. See you next Wednesday! Thanks! Allison Burnett Program Manager
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