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    Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate Now Available

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    We're excited to make the IE8 Release Candidate available today for public download today in 25 languages for Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server customers. You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 . Please download it now and try it out . We welcome your feedback ! What’s New The team will post more about all changes between Beta 2 and RC. In brief: Platform Complete . The technical community should expect the final IE8 release to behave as the Release Candidate does...
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    IE8 Security Part V: Comprehensive Protection

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    Hi! I’m Eric Lawrence, Security Program Manager for Internet Explorer. Last Tuesday, Dean wrote about our principles for delivering a trustworthy browser ; today, I’m excited to share with you details on the significant investments we’ve made in Security for Internet Explorer 8. As you might guess from the length of this post, we’ve done a lot of security work for this release. As an end-user, simply upgrade to IE8 to benefit from these security improvements. As a domain administrator, you can use...
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    IE7 Feedback and Support

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    Hello, my name is Kellie, I am a Lead Program Manager on the IE Team. First and foremost, the IE team would like to thank everyone in the community who contributed feedback to the IE7 release. You guys rock! This release was the first time we used the Microsoft Connect site to collect feedback for the public beta. We learned a lot of lessons from this feedback program, and we intend to make it better next time around. We received an overwhelming response from you and your efforts provided great ideas...
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    Part II: Better Everyday Browsing

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    As Paul mentioned in Part 1 of this post, we’ve really focused on making your everyday browsing experience better. In addition to the useful changes he talked about, we’ve made IE8 even more useful with integrated services so that you can easily accomplish the common things you do on the web – search for a product, check the weather, map an address, and more) In Beta 1, we showed how IE8 could be better with services with features like Accelerators and Web Slices (BTW, Accelerators are the same...
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    Site Compatibility and IE8

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    Reports of broken sites are an important part of the feedback the IE team receives from the community. When we receive a report of a broken site, we take it and identify the core issue causing the problem. A number of these issues end up being side effects of changes we deliberately made in IE8, but even these are useful. They help us identify which IE8 changes have the broadest compatibility impact. In this post I'll share some of these issues with you so you can quickly identify problems affecting...
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    Using rounded corners with IE today

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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 Web developers often want to add rounded corners to their pages. Since we have no plans to do native rounded corner support in IE7 (CSS3 feature), I want to point out that there is an article available on MSDN that shows you how you can easily and efficiently implement rounded corners with IE today. Enjoy! http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url...
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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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    For the SELECT few...

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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 Hello, I am Kun, the first developer of IE Beijing team in Microsoft. Our team has been working on the Intrinsic Controls of IE in the past year. Among these controls, the SELECT element has been greatly improved. IE6’s SELECT element didn’t support certain properties, like z-index, title, and zoom. In IE7, we have re-worked the SELECT element. This new version has features...
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    Flash in Windows 8

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    Starting tomorrow, we are updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop. As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number...
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    Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8

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    In January we blogged about our plan to distribute IE8 via Automatic Update/Windows Update (for simplicity, we'll refer to this as Automatic Update for the rest of this blog post). This post provides some additional information about how users and administrators are in control of browser upgrades. Last week, we released IE8 via Automatic Update to users still running pre-release versions of IE8 (Beta 2 or Release Candidate 1). The goal was to make sure users who chose to install IE8 have the latest...
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    IE8 and Reliability

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    Developing technologies that work reliably on their own and as part of the computing ecosystem is core to our mission and is an important part of our commitment to Trustworthy Computing. Our customers and partners expect technologies and services they can depend on anytime, anywhere, and on any device. We focus on constant improvements to the dependability of our technologies and services. For Internet Explorer, reliability means that the browser should always start quickly, perform well, connect...
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    Add-ons: Staying in control of your browsing experience

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    In recent posts we discussed the various ways that add-ons can impact browsing performance . We shared some data about add-on performance , described how we measure performance and included guidance to help add-on developers do the same. These efforts help us drive improvements to the quality of the add-on ecosystem. It’s equally important for consumers to be able to stay in control of their browsing experience with add-ons. We recently shared our point of view on the benefits of having...
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    IE11 Developer Preview for Windows 7: Enabling Next Generation Sites and Apps - Faster

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    With the recent release of Windows 8.1 Preview , Internet Explorer 11 continues our vision of providing the best Web experience across the full range of Windows devices and screen sizes. IE11 on Windows 7 offers the same improved performance, faster page load times, new standards support for next generation sites, and completely revised F12 developer tools. The Developer Preview of IE11 on Windows 7 is available for download today. This video shows some of the performance, Web programming,...
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    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers Now Available

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    This morning at the MIX conference in Las Vegas, the IE team made eight announcements about IE8. The most interesting for many people is that a developer beta is now available. Download it here . The rest of our talks and demos focused on seven other areas that appeal to developers: Our goal is to deliver complete, full CSS 2.1 support in the final IE8 product. IE8 Beta 1 for developers delivers better interoperability with other major browsers, addressing major pain points (e.g. floats...
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    Improving the CSS 2.1 strict parser for IE 7

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    We've already started talking about a few of the CSS changes that are going to be available in IE 7 when we release, but there are a few hanging points that we haven't talked about yet or haven't covered completely. There are 3 specific items I'd like to talk about: Using the root node wild card selector for IE only rules (* HTML) [strict mode only fix] Multi-class selectors as defined by CSS 2.1 (.floral.pastel) [strict mode only fix] Pseudo-element parsing sometimes flags rules as invalid...
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    The Mobile Web should just work for everyone

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    Update 8/4/2014 - Developers can now preview these updates by joining the Windows Phone Preview for Developers or downloading the Windows Phone 8.1 Update Emulator . Details on platform changes described in this post can be found on MSDN . We have also published updated best practices on updating tailored sites to support standards. Windows Phone 8.1 Update includes hundreds of Internet Explorer 11 enhancements that greatly increase compatibility with the mobile web. Based on your feedback...
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    The <?xml> prolog, strict mode, and XHTML in IE

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    I realized as I read through the comments to my last blog post that I forgot to mention one important item that was in my presentation. We have fixed the DOCTYPE switch so it will skip an XML prolog, so that valid XHTML can be handled in strict compliance mode rather than quirks mode. I’ve also been reading comments for some time in the IEBlog asking for support for the “application/xml+xhtml” MIME type in IE. I should say that IE7 will not add support for this MIME type – we will, of course,...
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    Your Tab Settings...

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    Hello again! If you are already using Internet Explorer 7 you might have noticed our tab settings. Perhaps you already changed one or more of them to better suit your browsing habits. Whenever we create a setting, we always have many discussions about what its default should be, what it should be called, and where it should go. In some cases we have great information (such as usability studies, customer surveys, and instrumentation) to help guide us in our decision making. In other cases we...
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    IE7 for the World

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    Now that we’ve released IE7 in English, I want to update everyone on our plans for other languages. The short version is that we will be releasing IE7 in all languages available for each version of Windows – twenty-four fully localized languages in total. In two to three weeks, we’ll ship the Arabic, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish language versions. The remaining languages will be released in phases between November and January. I’ve listed the set of fully localized languages by...
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    IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3

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    Hi. My name is Jane Maliouta and I am the Deployment PM for IE8. You might remember my recent blog on Installing IE8 . Today I am here to tell you about Windows XP SP3 (XPSP3) and how it’ll work with the various released versions of Internet Explorer. Windows XP SP3 contains some new updates, and a number of bug fixes and security improvements. You can learn more about XPSP3 features by reading the white paper located here . We expect XPSP3 will be publicly available shortly and want you to...
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    HTML5, Using the whole PC: Sixth IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

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    We’ve had 10 million downloads in the six weeks since we released the IE9 beta. That popularity reflects the significant improvements in browsing that IE9 brings to the web. Users can pin sites directly to the Windows task bar, and sites can program jump lists and offer notifications just as Windows applications do. The web standard markup (HTML, CSS, and script) in pages runs faster and smoother, taking advantage of modern PC hardware. The popularity of the beta also reflects the early...
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    Uninstalling IE7 Beta Releases

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    We’ve noticed questions/comments/confusion about uninstalling IE7 so I wanted to highlight one of our FAQs and add a little more detail. Uninstalling IE7 will leave you with a fully-functional IE6 and allow you to install the latest release, IE7 Beta 3 , which we recommend for all IE7 beta users so they benefit from the latest bug fixes and security updates. To uninstall Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2, Beta 2 Preview, or Beta 1: Click "Start", and then click "Control Panel" Click "Add...
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    Microsoft Joins W3C SVG Working Group

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    As a part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to interoperability and standards support, yesterday we submitted our request to join the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) . We’re excited to take part in ensuring future versions of the SVG spec will meet the needs of developers and end users. As stated on its Web site, “the mission of the SVG Working Group is to continue the evolution of Scalable Vector Graphics as a format and a platform, and enhance...
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    RSS Features in IE 7 for XP and Windows Vista Beta 1

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    Hi! I’m Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer. Now that Beta 1 of IE 7 for Windows XP and Windows Vista are released, I want to introduce to you the RSS features that are available in this release. You may be asking what RSS is. It stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it’s a way for web site publishers to publish information from their sites. The publisher creates a specially-formatted file on their web site that contains the most recent items (news stories, blog posts, etc...
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    Toolbars in IE7 Beta 1

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    Yesterday, rumors were circulating stating that the IE 7 beta 1 release causes the Google and Yahoo! toolbars to vanish. As Dean stated in Scoble’s blog , we support Google’s and Yahoo’s (and anyone else’s) toolbar in Beta 1 and will do so in the final release. In our internal testing, we have not encountered these problems in the released version of IE 7 tech beta. (There was a bug like this in earlier builds, so it’s possible that the report came from someone who had access to our pre-beta builds...
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