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    Compatibility, or “Just Don’t Break My Site!”

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 We’ve had more than a few comments suggesting that IE works too hard at backwards compatibility, and we cater to those people who “don’t code their pages correctly”, or people who otherwise “didn’t do things the right way”. These comments frequently go on to suggest that we (the IE team) should use our market position to “force people to fix their broken stuff”. I’d like...
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    A fresh IE security update

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 Earlier this week we released the latest security update for IE, MS04-038 . We’ve been working on this since XPSP2 shipped, and it’s nice to see it made available to customers on Windows Update . This update addresses, among other issues, the drag & drop vulnerability that’s been in the news & security circles lately. This is also the first IE update to use the our latest installation technology...
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    Setting Google as Your Autosearch Provider (or One Thing I Don't Love About IE)

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    Like any piece of software I have worked on, I have intense affection for the resultant software we ship (warts and all). However, there are usually a number of things you wish you had had more time to make better and every time you run across it in the product it drives you crazy. One thing that bothers me with IE in XPSP2 is the amount of hoops you need to click through to set Google or some other search engine as your autosearch provider. A quick way to set Google is to use the reg file up on...
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    Opting in to the Information Bar

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 So this is my first post on this blog, my name is Phil Nachreiner, I’m a developer on the IE team. I’ll post more about myself in another time, but I’d like to talk briefly about opting into the security features we added in XPSP2. For example, we’ve made it extremely easy to opt existing applications that use the WebBrowser Control into the XPSP2 Information Bar without...
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    MSDN articles on IE for XP SP2

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 If you’re a developer hosting the WebBrowser control, you’ll want to read Compatibility in Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Service Pack 2 . This article has details about changes such as: Local Machine Zone Lockdown Object Caching MIME Handling MIME Sniffing Network Protocol Lockdown Window Restrictions File Download Restrictions ActiveX Restrictions Pop-up Blocker...
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    More on IE's UA string and the SV1 token

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    In earlier posts, Christopher mentioned that for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 the UA string was getting a new ‘SV1’ decorator. This has stirred up a flurry of questions and comments about our reasoning behind this decision. Why did we add ‘SV1’ instead of update the IE version number? Well, we know from past experience that changing the version number can have a huge impact on site and application compatibility. We felt that since IE for XPSP2 and WS03SP1 does not have significant changes...
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    IE in Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP 64-bit edition v2003

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    With XPSP2 out the door, we’re turning our attention to bringing our latest security enhancements to upcoming Windows releases. Next up: Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP 64-bit edition v2003, which are both currently in Beta. Both these platforms will receive the same treatment as XPSP2 did for IE: they’ll get all our security improvements, the pop-up blocker, the information bar, etc. See Tony’s blog entry about IE in XPSP2 for more info & links about the changes we made in XPSP2. Customers...
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    IE add-ons in Marketplace

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 Hi, I’m Gary Schare and I run the product management team for IE. This includes defining and communicating the IE value proposition for all customer segments and helping the product team with long-term product strategy. I posted a comment last week about Windows Marketplace on the Community Site entry and wanted to follow up with more info. Windows Marketplace went live...
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    XPSP2 and its slightly updated user agent string

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 Hi, I’m Christopher Vaughan, and I’m the lead project manager for the Internet Explorer team. I’ve worked on IE on and off since the IE 3.0 days, and have been involved in every major Windows release since Windows 95. I work with Dean, Scott, Tony, Dave, and the others who have or will be posting here to make sure that the IE team is working on the right things and at...
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    CERT Advisory on XPSP2 – “significantly improves your computer’s defenses”

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    US-CERT published an advisory on XPSP2 the other day. Main statement – “Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) significantly improves your computer's defenses against attacks and vulnerabilities.” They specifically talked about IE changes, including local machine zone lockdown. Full advisory is at http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/alerts/SA04-243A.html . Thanks. Scott
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    New Internet Explorer Community Site

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    We’ve just launched a new Community site for Internet Explorer to help support end users. This is linked from the main Internet Explorer page on www.microsoft.com . It includes links to other Internet Explorer sites, downloads and hints and tips. This site is focused on providing resources to end users but we also have sites with information for other parts of the wide audience for Internet Explorer: Resources for developers at the Internet Explorer Developers Center on MSDN Resources for the IT...
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    More details on Pop-Up Blocking in XPSP2

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    There have been some questions about how pop-up blocking works in XPSP2 in the comments. Jeff Davis , one of the IE developers who worked on this feature in XPSP2, has put together a post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archive/2004/08/25/220737.aspx ) that gives more details on what we consider a user initiated click. If you want to get better sense for how it works, please take a read through his latest entry - mouseDown + mouseUp = click . Thanks. Scott
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    Avenues of Support for IE

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    I have noticed going through the comments for our entries, that some people have started posting comments that are specific asks for help with IE issues. This blog is not focused on being a support forum, but we will try to help people as we can. If you are looking for more expedient and focused help please see the Microsoft Internet Explorer Support page - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/support/default.mspx . Also please use the Contact link ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/contact.aspx ) as mechanism...
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    IE User Experience

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 My name is Bruce Morgan, and I am another one of the development managers on the IE team. I manage the developers who work on the User Experience of IE – the UI and related infrastructure. I spend most of my time focused on the features “outside the rectangle” of the page the user is browsing, such as Favorites, History, the “Internet Options” dialog, and the like. Essentially...
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    The Basics of the IE Testing Matrix

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 As we recently shipped security update MS04-025, I thought it would be good to talk about the testing coverage that we do for each security update. Testing is about risk management, and we have to make judgments about where to invest heavily in testing and where to invest less in testing to achieve the highest quality IE when we release. Code change is one main driver of this (test where the code is changing...
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    How the IE team is organized

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 As we’ve been posting we’ve been mentioning our titles, but we haven’t really explained what those titles mean or what we do on the IE team, so I thought I’d explain. Like many Microsoft product teams, there are three primary job functions that are dedicated to IE: Development, Test, and Program Management. In addition to these roles, we have key members of our virtual team who are shared with other parts...
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    Pending Comment Problem Fixed

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 The comments system for blogs.msdn.com was recently upgraded and the default was changed to block automatic posting of comments. I have changed it back, which means all comments should show up without having to be published and I also published any comments that were pending. Scott
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    See video of Dean, the leader of the Internet Explorer team

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 Channel 9 has just released a video where Dean discusses the exciting challenge of leading the Internet Explorer team. It’s well worth watching this and all the other videos on Channel 9 which often give an understanding into the motivation behind the projects we undertake. For those of you who aren’t aware, Channel 9 was established by five guys at Microsoft to allow...
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    IE in Windows XP SP2

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    Hi, I’m Tony Chor, the Group Program Manager for the Internet Explorer team. As you may know, we’ve been working hard on IE for Windows XP Service Pack 2, and we signed off on it last week. You can get a very detailed description of the changes on MSDN. (This is lovingly referred to internally as the Book of Springboard – Springboard was the codename for XP SP2.) However, I thought I’d give a high level description of the kinds of changes we made and why. First, as with any project, we set our goals...
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    MS04-025

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 12 September 2012 There’s a new security update for IE available. You can find the security bulletin here http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-025.mspx and the Knowledge Base article here http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=867801 Candidly, I’d like to write in depth about the vulnerability, different approaches we thought of in defending against it and the compatibility issues (site and...
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    Welcome to Internet Explorer Security

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 My name is John, and I work on the Internet Explorer team. It's a little hard to explain my actual function on the team, but my current official title is "Development Manager". I'm also something of an adrenaline junkie. I'm big into back country and park/pipe snow boarding , semi-closed circuit rebreather and mixed gas diving , hiking and climbing up and around Mount...
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    Launching Favorites from the Address Bar with Keyword Names

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    Here is a tip to make your IE favorites more powerful. You can make the name of favorites keywords that if typed in the address bar will launch the favorite. For example, say you like to go to your favorite web email site a lot, but you don’t want to make it your home page. Simply add a favorite that takes you to the web email site in the main favorites folder (this won’t work if you put it in a subfolder). Then rename the favorite to something easy to type. For example, I go to http://www.hotmail...
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    We've been Scoblized

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 Great to get a link from Mr Scoble on the IEBlog. For people who are interested in applying for employment at Microsoft here’s a link . There is also the jobsblog , which talks about the different possible career paths at Microsoft. The IE team is a great place to work with lots of smart friendly people. Scott
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    Overwhelming Response

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    Thanks for the overwhelming amount of feedback and discussion. After work yesterday, I spent some of my time reading through the comments to my post (instead of reading the 9/11 Commission report). It looks the comments have grown some since I pulled this together last night. Here is my basic breakdown of what I am seeing in the response to my post. I list them in no particular order; most are improvement requests while some are data points. I have to say my favorite is the comparison of IE to Courtney...
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    What we talk about on IEBlog

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    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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