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    IE8 Security Part III: SmartScreen® Filter

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    As someone whose email address is posted in thousands of forum posts, newsgroup discussions, and blogs, I get a lot of spam. Of the spam I receive, a significant number of messages represent phishing attacks . Most of these lures aren’t very clever or convincing, but phishing has become a simple numbers game—hosting phishing sites is cheap, and even if only a few users fall for any given phishing attack, attackers will profit by increasing the volume of phishing campaigns. In Internet Explorer...
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    User Experiences: Evolving the blue “e”

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    “IE9 started from the premise that the modern web will deliver HTML5 experiences that feel more like native applications than sites. Building on hardware-accelerated SVG, canvas, video, audio, and text, developers will use the power of the whole PC to achieve great performance. On the modern web, developers will use the same markup across different HTML5 browsers.” – Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Windows Internet Explorer Why start a post on designing the new Windows...
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    Just The Facts: Recap of Compatibility View

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    We’ve said a lot about our approach to website compatibility in general and the Compatibility View feature in particular. But because we've shared this information across multiple blogs and sources, I’d like to quickly recap what we’ve previously announced in summary form and provide links to additional content / reading as necessary. IE8 Standards by Default Going into IE8 Beta 1, the Internet Explorer team demonstrated its commitment to interoperability and web standards by announcing that...
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    IE7 Beta 2 Preview Available

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 22 August 2012 If you’re a developer, an IT Pro, or just plain interested, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/ to try the IE7 Beta 2 Preview. What’s a beta preview? It’s a release for everyone involved in making the Internet work. Before we release a consumer-focused beta, we want to make sure anyone with a website can look at the changes we’ve made to our layout...
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    Searching is better in Beta 2!

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    In a previous post , I introduced our Beta 1 search functionality and mentioned we would soon ensure you can add search providers to IE without executable code or a masterful knowledge of the registry. Now that we’ve released the Beta 2 Preview I’d like to take a few minutes to describe the two separate extensibility mechanisms we’ve introduced to make this happen: window.external.AddSearchProvider, and Search Discovery. window.external.AddSearchProvider() In Beta 2 any site...
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    A New IE Add-on Site

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    Hi, I’m Tina Duff one of the IE Program Managers focused on improving the customer experience around IE - including the IE add-on web site. It sounds simple, but this means ensuring that wherever IE is talked about on Microsoft.com, it’s technically correct, easy to navigate, and provides the information customers want. We quickly realized that we should do a better job making all the great add-ons to IE that developers have created easier to find and download. Thus the new IE add-on site was born...
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    Introducing IE11: The Best Way to Experience the Web on Modern Touch Devices

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    As part of today’s Windows 8.1 Preview, Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) Preview is now also available. Fast, fluid and perfect for touch, IE11 continues our vision of providing the best Web experience across the full range of Windows devices and screen sizes – an experience where sites and apps work flawlessly together. IE11 offers better touch performance, faster page load times, a continuous browsing experience across your Windows devices, and completely rebuilt F12 developer tools. ...
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    IE10 on Windows 7 available in November

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    As we approach general availability of Windows 8, we want to provide an update on IE10 for Windows 7. We will release a preview of IE10 on Windows 7 in mid-November, with final availability to follow as we collect developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities . IE10 brings improved real-world site performance...
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    IE8 Blocker Toolkit Available Today!

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    We believe IE8 helps make browsing the web faster, easier, safer and more reliable. To help our users be more secure and up-to-date, we will distribute IE8 via Automatic Update (AU) and the Windows Update (WU) and Microsoft Update (MU) sites much like we did for IE7. We know that in a corporate environment, the IT organization will often want to delay the introduction of a new browser until they have tested compatibility with internal applications and sites. We’ve done a lot of work in IE8 to maintain...
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    ClearType in Internet Explorer 7

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    Hi. My name is Bill Hill, and I’m one of the original inventors of ClearType. My job at Microsoft is Director of Advanced Reading Technologies. The ClearType and Readability Research Group which handles the ongoing development of ClearType reports to me. Our team’s mission is straightforward: "Research and develop innovative technologies that improve reading on the screen for Microsoft customers worldwide". Surprisingly, reading’s the major task for which people use their computers ...
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    Compatibility View Improvements to come in IE8

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    The next public update of IE8 (for Windows Vista- and Windows XP-based operating systems as well as the Windows 7 Beta) includes improvements to Compatibility View that help end-users when they visit web sites that are not yet ready for IE8’s new, more standards-compliant defaults. This blog post describes the technical background and how this new functionality works. A Brief History of Standards, Interoperability, Compatibility, and IE8 As we improve the interoperability of Internet Explorer...
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    IE8 Beta Feedback

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    It’s exciting when we have a new beta to release! The launch of IE8 developer beta is a huge milestone, and we have set up various mechanisms to collect feedback. Before I list out all of our feedback channels for IE8 betas, I want to explain what we learned from our experience with IE7 feedback. We were thrilled but a little overwhelmed by the amount of input we got in IE7. Frankly, we couldn’t keep up and really do a good job handling the free-form bug entries. So we want to try something new...
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    IE8: What’s After Beta 2

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    The announcement of IE8 Beta 2 started an important and public phase of the product development cycle getting broad public feedback . The team is providing detailed information and answering questions about the product in many different places. Now’s a good time to talk about what comes next. Since the release of Beta 2, the team has been absorbed in the data we get from real people about the product. We have combed through instrumentation of over 20 million IE sessions and hundreds of hours of...
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    Where are my tabs?

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    My name is John Hrvatin and I’m the Program Manager for IE setup. Some customers have reported that after successfully completing IE7 setup, they do not have a tab band. I’d like to shed some light on this issue and offer a solution. IE’s tab implementation depends on xmllite.dll which is installed with IE7 but through a separate installer bundled within the IE setup process. If you extract the contents of the IE7 installation package and run update.exe directly, you will skip this step which...
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    The IE7 User-Agent String

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    In April 2005, we blogged about the new Internet Explorer 7 User Agent string sent to websites by the browser to identify itself. Since our original blog posting, we have also posted two new articles on the topic to MSDN: Understanding User-Agent Strings , and Best Practices for detecting the Internet Explorer version . A quick recap: On Windows XP SP2, IE7 will send the following User-Agent header: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1) On Windows 2003 Server, IE7 will send the following...
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    IE8 in Windows 7 Beta

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    The Windows 7 Beta includes a beta of Internet Explorer 8. I say “a beta” because IE8 in Windows 7 Beta is a pre-release candidate build of IE: it’s IE8 Beta 2 plus end user features that are only available on Windows 7 plus many fixes based on feedback we’ve gotten from IE8 Beta 2 usage. This post is an overview of what you’ll find new in Windows 7’s Internet Explorer, as well as some suggestions about how to get the best experience with this pre-release software. Tabs in the Taskbar Tabs...
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    Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar - Get it Now!

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    At PDC in 2005, we announced the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar and made the first build available shortly after. Since then, we’ve released two additional betas; thanks to your testing and feedback, we’ve improved the quality and added new functionality like formatted source viewing and CSS selector matching. Today I’d like to announce that v1 of the IE Developer Toolbar is complete! Please download the toolbar and read release notes here . What’s changed since...
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    Favorites Center

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    I am Jeremy Epling, a Program Manager on the IE User Experience team. One of my foci for IE7 has been improving the Favorites and History experience. I want to tell you about the new features we added and the motivation that was behind them. The IE6 experience for managing your Favorites and History is fairly disjoint and inconsistent. In IE7 we wanted to address these issues as well as make sure that we had a great experience between Tabs and Favorites. Favorites and History issues in IE6...
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    SVG in IE9 Roadmap

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    As part of our commitment to standards and interoperability, we are excited to provide initial support for the W3C’s Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) Specification in the Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview. The second edition of the SVG spec contains updates to the W3C-Recommended first edition SVG 1.1 specification. We expect SVG, supported by good user and developer experiences, to become an integral part of the web. SVG has many advantages over raster images. With our hardware...
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    IE8 Performance

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    Hi! I’m Christian Stockwell, and I’m helping to improve Internet Explorer performance. In the past few months, each of the browser makers has made very similar claims around their performance: “Superior speed and performance”, “The fastest and most powerful Web browser available”, and “The fastest web browser on any platform.” In some fundamental way, I think the likeness of these statements is a by-product of the complexity inherent in performance measurement and analysis. Rather than join...
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    Acting on Feedback: IE9 Release Candidate Available for Download

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    The Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9, available now at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 40 languages, reflects our unique approach to building the best experience of the Web on Windows. IE9 also reflects a more open and transparent approach with its regular cadence of platform previews for developers and enthusiasts. With the Release Candidate, we’ve taken to heart over 17,000 pieces of feedback about IE9. You will find the product has made progress on all fronts—performance and standards, user...
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    Table Rendering

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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 A comment from Dave P on this blog touched on the interesting aspect of table rendering. Dave said “ IE renders pages differently from, say firefox. One of the noticeable differences is that IE waits for the entire page before displaying it. “ Actually this is not true and you can se from going to many pages that Internet Explorer does support progressive rendering of...
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    Pinned Sites in Windows 8

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    The Windows 8 Start screen is the best place to find and stay connected to all your favorite apps and content. App tiles are alive with activity and show you fresh and tailored content so you know what’s new in your world. We’ve written about Internet Explorer 10’s Metro style browsing experience on Windows 8. This post describes in detail IE10’s pinned sites and their availability on the Windows 8 Start screen—complete with site-centric visuals and badge notifications...
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    Why Isn't IE8 Passing Acid2?

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    Although we said that IE8 Beta 1 passes the ACID2 test , some of you may be seeing results like the image above; we thought we should explain what’s going on. IE8 passes the official ACID2 test hosted on http://www.webstandards.org/files/acid2/test.html . (Note, this seems to be a popular destination at the moment. You may have trouble reaching the site.)There are also a number of copies of this test around the net. One popular copy that I’ve seen of late is http://acid2.acidtests.org/ IE8 fails...
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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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