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    Happy Holidays from the IE Team!

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    In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share some GPU-powered HTML5 and CSS3 holiday cheer. Check out Holiday Lites to brighten your screen and test your browser’s layout and rendering performance. This demo shows how IE11 updates content incrementally rather than needing to layout and render the entire page after every DOM manipulation. It uses a broad range of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Border-Image, Flexbox, MP3 Audio, Power Efficient timers, and more. Check out Holiday Lites...
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    IE11 Virtual Machines Now Available on modern.IE

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    With the recent release of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 , we have added IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions. We have also updated all of the virtual machines based on your feedback, to make browser testing easier. The VMs are available for free for the purpose of testing your site on all versions of Internet Explorer; regardless of your development platform. The images...
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    Understanding the Real-World Performance of your Web Application Across IE11 and Other Browsers

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    Together with Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and other community leaders, the W3C Web Performance working group has standardized the Navigation Timing , Resource Timing , User Timing , and Performance Timeline interfaces to help you understand the real-world performance of navigating, fetching resources, and running scripts in your Web application. You can use these interfaces to capture and analyze how your real-world customers are experiencing your Web application, instead of relying on synthetic...
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    December 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-097 - Critical This security update resolves 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 have fewer user rights on the system could be less...
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    Getting to the Content You Want, Faster in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 helps overcome the effects of network latency, making every day browsing feel fast and responsive without hurting battery life, CPU, network bandwidth, or memory. Network latency is a problem that holds back Web performance, even though we enjoy more bandwidth now than ever before. IE11 reduces the effects of network latency by downloading and preloading pages and Web resources in the background, downloading multiple resources in parallel using the SPDY/3 protocol, and prioritizing...
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    EtchMark Under the Hood: Building a Website that Handles Touch, Mouse, and Pen – and Device Shakes

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    EtchMark is a new take on the classic Etch-A-Sketch drawing toy, showcasing IE11’s improved support for touch and emerging Web standards (including Pointer Events and Device Orientation ). In this post, we’ll walk through several features that you can easily add to your own sites to build an experience that feels smooth and natural with touch, mouse, pen, and keyboard – and even responds to device shaking. Structure of the Demo EtchMark enables you to draw anything you want on the screen using...
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    November 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-088 - Critical This security update resolves ten privately reported and one 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. 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...
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    IE11 Automatically Makes Over 40% of the Web More Secure While Making Sure Sites Continue to Work

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    Internet Explorer 11 is the first browser to make Internet connections more secure and reliable by reducing the use of vulnerable ciphersuites, such as RC4 and by using the latest security standards, TLS 1.2, by default. With these changes in IE11, you can have peace of mind when accessing your critical personal information on social media, banking, commerce, and other sites. These advances build on our continued work to make IE the most secure browser in key areas such as socially engineered attacks...
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    Building world-ready applications in JavaScript using IE11

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    Building world-ready applications in JavaScript using IE11 With Internet Explorer 11, Web applications can now use JavaScript ECMAScript Internationalization APIs , which provide a standard JavaScript based interface to deliver great world-ready experiences such as number, date, time and currency formatting and culture specific string collation (comparisons). In IE11, Web apps can utilize capabilities exposed by the Windows internationalization library, which includes support for over 364 locales...
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    A Humbling Delight

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    Moving the Web forward continues to be important. The Web and the IE team have come a long way from our first posts here. This blog will continue to cover advances and issues of interest to people who care about the Web, like HTML5, performance, touch, security, and the like. I’m changing roles at Microsoft, and excited to start a new team to take on something new. Microsoft will of course continue to invest in the browser, in Web standards, in developer tooling for the Web, in privacy, and in...
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    IE11 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

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    Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today . We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support--with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. And with Windows 8.1, IE11 delivers the best...
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    New Performance Scanning Tools on modern.IE Enable Faster Real-World Sites and Improved User Experiences

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    Today we released improvements to the modern.IE code scanner that help developers identify common patterns that improve real-site performance and can make a real impact on what users do on sites they visit. We also published a new tutorial that shows how swish.com used a combination of modern.IE and F12 tools in Internet Explorer 11 to improve their home page performance by 40% across modern browsers, including Internet Explorer. We continue to update modern.IE with tools that help developers spend...
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    Enhanced Rich Editing Experiences in IE11

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    With Internet Explorer 11, Web-based applications and sites can offer rich editing experiences enabling users to easily capture and share data. Online and cloud-based content creation scenarios, such as e-mail and Web-based document editing—including Office 365, rely on the contentEditable feature of HTML5. With IE11, users can now paste images from a variety of input sources, copy lists while preserving formatting, and undo their editing more easily. Pasting Images from All Sources and...
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    Enabling new interoperable panning experiences through the CSS Scrolling Snap Points Specification

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    Today, we submitted a new proposal to the W3C, CSS Scrolling Snap Points, designed to enable fast and fluid panning experiences for touch and other input devices, based on APIs introduced in IE10 and improved in IE11. These APIs enable developers to more easily build panning experiences such as paginated content and scrolling photo galleries that are perfect for touch and work just as easily with mouse, keyboard, or trackpad. A great example of this experience is the MSN homepage optimized for Windows...
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    IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit Available for Windows 7

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    Business and organizations that want to manage their own update schedule can use the IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11. This Blocker Toolkit—like its predecessors for IE10, IE9, IE8, and IE7—is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. While we encourage all customers to upgrade their browser to the latest version as quickly as possible, this approach enables organizations to control when they are ready to deploy IE11 to their Windows...
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    Easier Browsing for the Blind and Visually Impaired in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 makes browsing the Web easier for blind and visually impaired users who rely on screen readers, such as Windows Narrator . With the editing and input improvements in IE11, screen readers can better inform users about the current content of an editing region, and typing with East Asian languages using an Input Method Editor (IME) is now easier. With these changes, IE11 improves the experience of the next generation of cloud-based applications for a growing portion of the world...
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    October 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-080 - Critical This security update resolves eight privately reported and two 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. 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...
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    Introducing BrowserSwarm – Spend less time testing your next JavaScript project

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    Today, along with appendTo and Sauce Labs , we are releasing BrowserSwarm – an open source tool that helps Web developers automate testing of their JavaScript frameworks and libraries across devices and browsers. Quality frameworks are the foundation for the modern Web, but framework developers often do not have the resources to test across browsers. BrowserSwarm helps developers build great, interoperable frameworks. The project complements modern.IE , which provides a set of free tools and resources...
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    IE11 Release Preview for Windows 7: 30% Faster than Other Browsers and Even More Support for Web Standards

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    Internet Explorer 11 continues to provide the best Web experience that is fast, fluid and perfect for touch, across the full range of Windows devices and screen sizes. The IE11 Release Preview for Windows 7 is available for download today and includes performance improvements making it 30% faster than other browsers, updates to support the latest Web standards, and developer tools improvements in response to your feedback on the IE11 Developer Preview for Windows 7. This video shows some of...
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    Using Hardware to Decode and Load JPG Images up to 45% faster in Internet Explorer 11

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    Internet Explorer 11 and Windows Store Apps on Windows 8.1 offload parts of the image decoding pipeline to the graphics hardware, resulting in up to 45% faster image load, up to 40% lower memory consumption, and improved battery life. Images on average account for the most bytes downloaded on the Web today. To improve the performance of loading JPG images, IE11 has streamlined its JPG decoding by moving some steps of the decoding process directly to the GPU where it can be done significantly faster...
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    September 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-069 - Critical This security update resolves ten 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 Professional Quality Video: Premium media experiences without plug-ins in Internet Explorer 11

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    Internet Explorer 11 introduces new plug-in free audio and video streaming that is based on the latest proposed extensions to the HTML5 video specifications and is built on the latest operating system media and power management capabilities. The new media features in Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1 combine to achieve “Professional Quality Video” - Web video that is just as great for personal videos as it is for premium TV and movies. With Professional Quality Video, streams start...
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    August 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-059 - Critical This security update resolves eleven 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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    IE11: Touch Browsing for Today’s Web and Beyond

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    Internet Explorer 11 in the Windows 8.1 Preview continues the innovative touch support introduced in Windows 8 with new touch features, improvements to existing touch features, and new developer APIs. This blog post showcases just some of the ways touch support in Windows 8.1 with IE11 is even better. Reliable Hover Menus with Touch Much of today’s Web was designed with a mouse in mind. In particular, many sites have menus that can only be invoked using mouse hover. The Web should just work...
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    Debugging and Tuning Web Sites and Apps with F12 Developer Tools in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 comes with a completely redesigned and enhanced suite of in-browser developer tools that help developers build, diagnose, and optimize modern Web sites and apps across multiple devices. The new tools, which we call F12 for short, enable Web developers to work quickly and efficiently. The Visual Studio and IE teams have worked together to build F12 with a core principle of helping you get from problem to solution quickly with actionable data. The...
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