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    Under the Covers: Let It Snow…

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    With one of those rare Seattle snowstorms underway today, I feel this is a great time to publish this description of our Holiday 2011 Test Drive demo “Let It Snow.” —Editor When a browser effectively uses the underlying hardware, the possibilities are limitless. Over the holidays we released a demo that helps showcase the advantages of a fully hardware-accelerated, touch first browsing experience with Internet Explorer 10. This post takes a closer look at how the Let It Snow demo was created....
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    Declaring Security

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    Recently, a number of people have asked me what I think about Mozilla’s Content Security Policy draft spec. Back in January, I went on record as being someone who thinks that CSP is a good idea. CSP is a mechanism for declarative security , whereby a site communicates its intent and leaves it up to the user-agent to determine how to enforce it. There are a number of benefits to declarative security mechanisms: Reduced compatibility risks. Because sites must opt-in and declare what, if...
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    Transcript for October Expert Chat - Best Turnout to Date

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    Hey all, The transcript for the October Expert chat is now available. Many thanks to all who attended our final chat for IE7. We intend to keep this going after IE7 ships so stay tuned :) Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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    Add-ons, Installation Experiences, and User Consent

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    As discussed in previous blog posts, add-ons can have a material impact on browser performance . IE measures the performance of add-ons so that users can make informed decisions about them. It is important to understand how add-ons arrive on a user’s system to begin with because browser performance is so important to site developers and to consumers. The notification and control that users have around the add-on installation process is equally important because add-ons can also have an impact...
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    The RSS Platform IE8 User-Agent String

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    Hello! Just a quick note on some important information just posted to the RSS team blog . The RSS platform is introducing an updated User-Agent string for use with Internet Explorer 8. Check out the details in Walter’s latest post . Kristen Kibble Program Manager
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    IE March Chat Transcript Online

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    The transcript of last week’s Expert Zone chat is now available. The chat was a lot of fun and the team managed to answer over 160 questions during the hour. This month we were fortified by home baked chocolate espresso bars, next month I expect we’ll return to donuts to keep us going. The IE Expert Zone chats take place on the second Thursday of every month at 10:00AM PST. The next one will be on April 13 th and we hope to see you there. Thanks - Dave
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    IE9’s Assistive Technology Interface Enhancements

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    IE9 introduces improvements to the interfaces used by assistive technologies (ATs) to enhance the accessibility of Internet Explorer. These changes relate to IE9’s switch to hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML content. Previously, some accessibility tools depended on IE’s GDI-based rendering to scrape information from Web sites. Since IE9 has no GDI-based rendering, these features do not work with IE9. Anticipating this problem, Microsoft has worked closely with assistive technology vendors (ATVs...
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    Updates to the IE Testing Center

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    One of the major investments we’re making during the IE9 project is support for more web standards. Web developers all around the world consistently gave us feedback that they wanted to use the same pages with the same markup across browsers. By working closely with the W3C and its members on the newest web standards, we can make that dream a reality for web developers. 118 New Test Cases Submitted to the W3C Today, we released an updated version of the IE9 Platform Preview build. In conjunction...
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    PDC talk on IE Security features (FUNL03) rescheduled to tomorrow 12:30 in 402AB

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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 If you are here at the PDC you probably know that the Keynote presentation went much longer than expected today. Because of that, all of the lunch talks were cancelled, including my talk, “FUNL03 Case Study: building a more secure browser in IE7”. There was already a group of folks waiting in the audience. When the cancellation was announced, I gave folks the option...
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    Security Advisory 2755801 Updated to Address Adobe Flash Player Issues documented in APSB13-08

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    Today we released an update that addresses vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8. The details of the vulnerabilities are documented in Adobe security bulletin APSB13-08 . The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because the update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For those manually updating, we encourage you to read the advisory and apply this update as quickly as possible. This update addresses...
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    Take advantage of Windows Summit 2010 to learn about IE9

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    The Windows Summit is a website designed for people who want to build solutions with Internet Explorer 9 or who engineer and test Windows 7 PCs, devices, and software. We just posted new IE9 sessions that highlight the latest web platform capabilities in IE9. The eight presentation s cover many aspects of building solutions in HTML5 using same markup and the rich features in IE9 to bring sites into Windows. In addition to the video recording, each session includes a PowerPoint deck and code samples...
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    Pointer Events W3C Recommendation, Interoperable Touch, and Removing the Dreaded 300ms Tap Delay

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    Today, the W3C published Pointer Events as a final Recommendation standard . This journey began a little over 2 years ago when we first submitted our proposal to the W3C for a common event model across pointing input devices. Since then, the spec has evolved and improved with the collaboration of Mozilla, Google, Opera, jQuery, IBM, Microsoft Open Technologies , and many others. Improvements have included better extensibility for new device types, additional configuration values for scrolling and...
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    IE 9.0.7 Available via Windows Update

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    The June 2012 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update . This security update resolves one publicly disclosed and twelve 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 any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are...
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    Rescheduled: May Chat with the Internet Explorer

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    The May IE Chat has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 28 st at 10.00 PST/17.00 UTC. We apologize for any inconveniences. As always transcripts of previous chats are available here . See you next week! Allison Burnett Program Manager
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    August IE Expert Zone Chat

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    Here’s a quick reminder to tell you that members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday, August 10th at 10:00AM PDT (5:00PM GMT). A transcript will be published after the chat. You can also browse through the transcripts of other recently held chats. These chats are lots of fun and we hope you will join us for the chat if you can. See you all on Thursday! Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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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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    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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    Inside The CSS Working Group

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    The IE team is active on several W3C working groups such as SVG and HTML . As one of our three regular CSS Working Group (CSSWG) representatives, I wanted to follow up on the latest face-to-face meeting the group held at Apple in Cupertino at the end of last month by sharing some of the work and progress being made. While it aims to be representative of the three-day meeting, the list below is not exhaustive. CSS2.1 and the CSS test suite: the working group discussed many of the remaining open...
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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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    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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    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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    July 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-037 - Critical This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer...
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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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    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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    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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