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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-012 - Critical

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    This security update resolves sixteen 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 on the system could be less impacted than users...
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    New IE9 Developer Content on MSDN

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    As we’ve discussed many times on this blog , Internet Explorer 9 provides developers powerful new capabilities with the same HTML, CSS, and JavaScript used for other browsers. In addition to improving the product in an effort to make Web developers’ lives easier, we’ve also strived to improve the developer content provided on MSDN. The Internet Explorer developer content team writes and maintains all of the content you see in the “ HTML and CSS ” and “ Internet Explorer...
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    Working with Pinned Sites

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    With Internet Explorer 9 Beta, you can pin a Web site to the Windows 7 taskbar the same way you pin Windows applications. Once pinned, you can launch Web sites directly—just like you launch other things in Windows 7. Pinning a site is as easy as dragging an IE9 tab to the Windows 7 taskbar. Previously, Web sites didn’t have a direct presence on the PC desktop and you had to effectively “boot twice”—once for the operating system and once for the browser—to get...
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    IE February 2006 Security Update is now available

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    The IE February 2006 security update is now available! This security update is now available via Windows Update . Please note: this update only applies to IE5.01 SP4. Users running the supported versions of IE6 or later do not need to apply this update. Windows 2000 customers are encouraged to upgrade to IE6SP1. Windows XP customers are not affected by this update. Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates available via the new Microsoft Update . I would encourage you...
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    April 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-018 - Critical 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. 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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    September Chat with the IE Team on Thursday

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    Join members of the Internet Explorer team for an Expert Zone chat next Thursday, September 11 th at 10.00 PDT/17.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered by members of the IE product team. Thank you to all who have attended the chats to date! If you can’t join us online, all chat transcripts are published here . Hope you can join us on Thursday for our first chat sine IE8 Beta 2 released! Kristen Kibble Program Manager P.S. Upcoming IE chat dates are...
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    User Experiences: Accessibility in IE9 Beta

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    Internet Explorer is a universal product used by people young and old, new and experienced, speaking many different languages.  A lot of people take advantage of IE’s built in accessibility features (like page zoom, caret browsing, find in page, etc) and additional assistive technology such as screen readers to use the web.  Accessibility is beneficial to everyone no matter what their abilities.   

    As with every Internet Explorer release, we are committed to delivering a browser that’s accessible for all users.  Part of achieving that goal is making sure assistive technology works well with IE.  IE9 fundamentally changes how users interact with the browser and how the browser takes advantage of the entire PC.  Those changes also impact how assistive technology interacts with IE, which necessitates updates from some assistive technology.  For example, the new notification model is not read by many screen readers, and screen readers can no longer depend on the GDI display subsystem since IE9 uses Windows Direct2D and DirectWrite as part of enabling hardware-accelerated HTML5. 

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    ActiveX Filtering for Developers

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    When we introduced ActiveX Filtering with the IE9 Release Candidate, we focused on delivering a great user experience that stays out of the way from regular browsing and makes it easy for users to turn off filtering when they want to. At the same time, we want users to have a great experience viewing Web sites while ActiveX Filtering is enabled. This includes minimizing site compatibility issues and clearly indicating when content on a Web page is blocked by ActiveX Filtering. ...
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    January Chat with the Internet Explorer team on Thursday

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    Join members of the Internet Explorer team for the first Expert Zone chat of 2009 this Thursday, January 22 nd at 10.00 PST/18.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered by members of the IE product team. Thank you to all who have attended our previous chats! Other upcoming Expert Zone chat dates can be found here . If you can’t join us live, the transcript for all chats are available here . Sharon Cohen Program Manager
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    More Control over Flash Cookies with IE

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    Internet Explorer now gives you more control over the data that Web sites store on your computer. This includes Flash Player’s Local Shared Objects (LSOs). We’ve worked closely with Adobe to integrate Flash LSO deletion directly into Internet Explorer, making it easier for you to manage your online privacy with the latest version of Adobe Flash and IE9 (as well as IE8): IE will delete your Flash Cookies as well as your Web cookies If you want to try this out, please visit our Test...
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    IE December Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for December 2009 is now available via Windows Update or Microsoft Update . This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by correcting the control and by modifying the way that Internet Explorer handles objects in memory. For detailed information on the contents of this update, please see the following documentation: ...
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    IE9 Feedback: Platform Previews through Beta

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    Thanks for your Feedback! When we released the first IE9 Platform Preview, we talked about the importance of feedback. Since that first release last March, we’ve released six more platform previews , an IE9 Beta , and a bug-fix update to that Beta and the IE9 RC . We want to thank everyone who provided feedback during the last nine months. Sharing your experiences with the IE Test Drive and Testing Center while testing your sites for compatibility and trying out new features like Pinned...
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    Adobe Flash Player 10.3: Hardware-Accelerated Rendering in IE9

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    Adobe Flash Player 10.3 delivers super-fast graphics by plugging into the Internet Explorer 9 hardware-accelerated rendering pipeline using IE9’s ISurfacePresenter interface. Recently, some of you may have seen this rendering issue with Flash content on some pages: Screen shots of a Web page with Flash content displayed incorrectly in its upper left corner (left) and correctly (right) Adobe addressed the problem illustrated above (Flash content displaying in the upper...
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    Windows 7 RC Tab Hang Reporting Update Available

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    As we described on Monday , the IE8 in Windows 7 RC includes additional tab “hang” reporting functionality. This functionality relies on a timer threshold to determine when a tab might be unresponsive. This threshold was calibrated based on data from internal Microsoft users. As we began to look at data coming in from real-world Win7 RC users, we noticed that some users are being prompted to recover from hung tabs more frequently than some would like. We stated on Monday that if the data suggests...
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    This Week in Privacy

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    In the last ten years Microsoft has invested heavily in user privacy. Just like security, privacy considerations are baked into every Microsoft product. It is almost a year since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) , an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web, accepted and published Microsoft’s member submission for an Internet Standard to help protect consumer privacy. Last September I described how the W3C had announced...
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    IE8 Beta 1 June Security Update Now Available on Windows Update

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    Today we released the IE June Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Developers on Windows Update . For detailed information on the contents of this update, please see the following documentation: IE Blog Post: IE June Security Update Now Available Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 950759 If you are using IE8 Beta 1 for Developers, we encourage you to download this security update through Windows Update or the Microsoft Download Center today. Terry McCoy Program...
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    Join us for BUILD

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    Join us this September 13-16 in Anaheim, California for Microsoft’s first BUILD conference . What’s special about BUILD? It will be the first broad hands-on unveiling of the next version of Windows and its new app model featuring HTML5 and JavaScript. In short, building Web-connected apps for the next Windows is as easy as building for the modern Web. You will also learn how to work with the all-new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage...
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    Search Providers: Best Practices on Setting the Default

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    This post describes a set of best practices for setting the default search provider. Our goal continues to be keeping users in control of their browser, following our published Guidelines and Requirements for add-on development. If you write software that modifies Internet Explorer’s search settings or defaults through direct registry manipulation, your software may be contributing to user confusion and frustration. Whenever a program tries to modify the default search provider through direct...
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    Updated Look for IEBlog

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    Today we introduce an updated look and layout for the IEBlog. Here’s an overview of the design and layout changes we made: New font family – We’re using the Segoe UI font to align with Windows 8 Metro style. New color scheme – We have a new color scheme inspired by the Windows 8 Metro style Start screen. Improved performance – The blog’s home page defaults to excerpt view. This substantially reduces load time since excerpts do not contain images or...
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    Making Tracking Protection Lists Available From Your Web Site

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    Any site can offer Tracking Protection Lists ( TPLs ) to help consumers protect their privacy. This post shows you how to make a TPL available from your site. For example, clicking here in IE9 will add the list from the EasyPrivacy . A word about Tracking Protection Lists Tracking Protection Lists are similar in concept to the lists behind the AdBlockPlus add-in for Firefox. The main differences are that TPLs are built in to IE, the W3C is working through the standardization process of their format...
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    IE ActiveX Update in April Security Update

    Just a notice that the April Security Update for IE also contains a non-security change to the handling of ActiveX controls, as we’ve previously mentioned . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2D Reach Candidate Recommendation Status

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    Today marks an important milestone for Web development, as the W3C announced the publication of the Candidate Recommendation (CR) version of the HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2D specifications. The specifications are on track for finalization by 2014. We want to congratulate the W3C on this achievement and bringing these specifications forward. Internet Explorer 10 already offers hardware-accelerated HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2D support allowing developers to build compelling, cross-browser Web applications with...
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    Rescheduled: February Chat with the Internet Explorer team

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    The February Expert Zone Chat has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 24 th at 10:00AM PST/18:00 UTC. If you can’t join us live, the transcript for all chats are available here . See you Tuesday. Thanks everyone! -Allison
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    IE February Security Update is Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for February 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new 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 4 remote code execution vulnerabilities. This security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way Internet Explorer handles HTML...
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    Velocity 2011: The Performance Impact of Modernizing Internet Explorer

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    Velocity 2011: The Performance Impact of Modernizing Internet Explorer Browsers need amazing performance to deliver on the promise of HTML5 applications. Modernizing Internet Explorer 9 has changed what’s possible with Web sites, and dramatically improved the performance of the HTML4 sites consumers use today. To demonstrate the real world performance gains in IE9 at the recent Velocity 2011 conference, we presented our talk on Modernizing Internet Explorer as an interactive HTML4 Web application...
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