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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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid.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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    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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    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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    Making it easier for Enterprises to stay up-to-date

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    As we shared in May , a top priority for Microsoft is helping customers upgrade and stay up to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today at TechEd Europe , we are making two announcements to help customers upgrade and stay up-to-date: Starting in November, we are expanding the functionality of the Enterprise Mode Site List for Internet Explorer 11 to include all document modes. We listened to customer feedback, and the list will now give better control over which document mode will...
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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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    Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

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    Last year, we committed to the principle that the mobile web should just work for everyone , and introduced hundreds of targeted improvements to Internet Explorer in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update to dramatically improve interoperability with the mobile web. In November , we revealed the new rendering engine for Internet Explorer and Project Spartan on Windows 10, built on the same successful interoperability principles. Today, we’re excited to bring this new rendering engine to phones for the first...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Making it easier for Enterprise customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 — and Windows 10

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    As we shared last year , a top priority for Microsoft is helping our Enterprise customers stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. This is particularly important for Windows 7 customers who are upgrading to Internet Explorer 11 by January 12, 2016 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. We understand many customers have Web apps and services that were designed specifically for older versions of Internet Explorer and we provide a set of tools, like Enterprise...
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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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