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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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    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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    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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    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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    October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

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    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin . Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security...
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    Celebrating HTML5 Recommendation with the W3C

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    Today, while several Internet Explorer team members are at W3C TPAC 2014 , the IE team is happy to join Microsoft Open Technologies , other browser vendors, and the web community at large in celebrating the HTML5 specification reaching W3C Recommendation . This milestone represents many years of commitment from people and organizations around the world to produce and stabilize the next generation of the W3C Open Web Platform . The IE team believes that the standards process is vital to creating...
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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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    HTML5 Audio and Video Improvements for Windows Phone 8.1

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    Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 adds new media features that greatly expand its support for HTML5 audio and video. Audio and video elements are now fully supported, including inline playback of video content, and adaptive streaming based on the latest Web specifications is supported as well. These new features provide Web site developers the tools they need to provide compelling media experiences, and make IE an ideal browser for mobile media applications. Support for HTML5 Audio Video...
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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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    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 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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    June 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-035 - Critical This security update resolves two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities and fifty-seven 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...
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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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    December 2014 Internet Explorer security updates & disabling SSL 3.0 fallback

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    Disabling SSL 3.0 fallback We previously published Security Advisory 3009008 advising that Microsoft will disable SSL 3.0 by default in Internet Explorer and across all Microsoft online services over the coming months. To continue to help protect customers, we are taking the interim step to provide the option to disable SSL 3.0 fallback in Internet Explorer 11 for Protected Mode sites, which is the default for Internet sites and Restricted sites. This change is currently off by default, and we...
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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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    November 2014 updates for Internet Explorer

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    In addition to improvements to the Enterprise Mode Site List announced today, the November update also includes the following security related updates. Updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking As we  shared back in October , and as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, we have two updates to the out-of-date ActiveX control blocking feature going live today. Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 With the...
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    IE9 Release Now Available in Japan

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    The final Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download in Japanese at www.beautyoftheweb.jp . With this release, IE9 is now available to download in 40 languages worldwide. Please visit our worldwide sites page to download Internet Explorer 9 in a language of your choice. —Swathi Ganapathi, Program Manager, Internet Explorer
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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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    Announcing improvements to the Enterprise Mode Site List

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    Today we are adding functionality to Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 as part of the November update , expanding the Enterprise Mode Site List introduced in April to give customers a new way to mitigate Web app compatibility issues. A new docMode section of the list enables IT to specify the document mode in which a specific Web site should load, without changing a single line of code on the site itself. While the original Enterprise Mode provided great compatibility for enterprises on IE8...
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    Apologies for the Expert Zone chat problems this morning

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    Sincere apologies for the trouble we had this morning with the IE chat. A problem in the tool prevented us from initiating the chat. We plan to reschedule and will let you know the new date as soon as possible. As always, previous transcripts are available here . Sharon Cohen Program Manager
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    IE8 Firestarter event on March 26th

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    While the team continues getting ready for Mix09 coming up this week, we wanted to let you know about another unique opportunity coming up next week. On Thursday, March 26 th , the IE team will host the Internet Explorer 8 FireStarter event. This is a one-day conference with IE8 talks from myself and other team members. If you are local to Redmond, we invite you to attend the event in person . Other options to attend are via Live Meeting or at a live streaming session hosted by your local user group...
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    Staying Safe Online in the New Year

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    The bad guys didn’t take a holiday vacation: Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen service blocked nearly 2 million malware downloads per day on average from mid-December through New Year’s. December 25 saw a 30% spike in malware blocks— successfully preventing users from being tricked into giving their PCs an unwanted “present.” January is a great time to resolve to stay safer online. Microsoft works around the clock, year-round, to help. By following a few simple best practices , including opting...
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    SVG Open 2011: Where SVG meets the Web

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    SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a key aspect of HTML5, bringing W3C-standard DOM-based vector graphics to the Web. IE9 implements the core modules of SVG 1.1 (Second Edition) and does so in a fully hardware-accelerated manner, like the rest of IE9’s fully hardware-accelerated HTML5. We blogged about SVG in IE9 ( here and here ), our involvement in the W3C SVG Working Group ( here , here , here , and here ), and our attendance at SVG Open 2010 ( here and here ). ...
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