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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Updated VPC Images Now Available

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    Hey there, just a short post to let you know that new VPC images are ready for download. You can access them from the tools section on the Internet Explorer Developer Center , too. Thank you for your patience! Kristen Kibble Program Manager
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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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    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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    JavaScript tests now available on the IE Testing Center

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    Our commitment to same markup includes script along with HTML, CSS, SVG, and the other markup that developers use to build the web. To make same markup real, the community needs a set of official tests to assess how interoperable and standards-compliant different browsers are with the latest version of JavaScript, “ECMAScript Fifth Edition” (fondly known as ES5). As we mentioned in a recent blog post , Ecma International (the standards body behind JavaScript) is working through a process...
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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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    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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    Transcript for October Expert Chat - Best Turnout to Date

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    Hey all, The transcript for the October Expert chat is now available. Many thanks to all who attended our final chat for IE7. We intend to keep this going after IE7 ships so stay tuned :) Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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    Under the Covers: Let It Snow…

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    With one of those rare Seattle snowstorms underway today, I feel this is a great time to publish this description of our Holiday 2011 Test Drive demo “Let It Snow.” —Editor When a browser effectively uses the underlying hardware, the possibilities are limitless. Over the holidays we released a demo that helps showcase the advantages of a fully hardware-accelerated, touch first browsing experience with Internet Explorer 10. This post takes a closer look at how the Let It Snow demo was created....
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    IE8 at Add-On Con in Mountain View

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    A few of the startups building browser Add-Ons have organized the first ever Add-On Con , to take place in Mountain View on Dec 11, 2008. We thought it was such a cool idea that we decided to co-sponsor the event (Mozilla is the other sponsor). We will be giving some sessions about extending Internet Explorer, and Mozilla and Google will be presenting about their respective web browsers. Many companies with successful Add-Ons will be sharing their stories and experiences, so it’s a great education...
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    Summarizing Common Browser Tests

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    To deliver on the industry promise of “same markup,” browsers must implement features in the same way. Open Web standards and their associated public test suites provide the means for making sure this happens. Using the same process for tests as for the standards themselves is so important that Microsoft contributes to this industry effort in many ways, such as submitting conformance tests to the W3C . In addition, we believe it’s important for these tests to be comprehensive and test the depth and...
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    The RSS Platform IE8 User-Agent String

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    Hello! Just a quick note on some important information just posted to the RSS team blog . The RSS platform is introducing an updated User-Agent string for use with Internet Explorer 8. Check out the details in Walter’s latest post . Kristen Kibble Program Manager
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    IE March Chat Transcript Online

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    The transcript of last week’s Expert Zone chat is now available. The chat was a lot of fun and the team managed to answer over 160 questions during the hour. This month we were fortified by home baked chocolate espresso bars, next month I expect we’ll return to donuts to keep us going. The IE Expert Zone chats take place on the second Thursday of every month at 10:00AM PST. The next one will be on April 13 th and we hope to see you there. Thanks - Dave
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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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    Declaring Security

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    Recently, a number of people have asked me what I think about Mozilla’s Content Security Policy draft spec. Back in January, I went on record as being someone who thinks that CSP is a good idea. CSP is a mechanism for declarative security , whereby a site communicates its intent and leaves it up to the user-agent to determine how to enforce it. There are a number of benefits to declarative security mechanisms: Reduced compatibility risks. Because sites must opt-in and declare what, if...
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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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    IEBlog 2010: Connecting With You

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    When IEblog was inaugurated on July 21, 2004 , we set out to establish “a better connection with the IE Team.” 2010 took that connection to a new level by introducing 7 pre- and post-beta Platform Previews , a Test Drive site of 75 informative, entertaining, and discussion-provoking demos, and 137 IEBlog posts —more than any year other than 2006, the year of IE7’s release. For the first time, we included HTML5 H.264 video directly in posts. You responded with over 7,050...
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    IE9’s Assistive Technology Interface Enhancements

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    IE9 introduces improvements to the interfaces used by assistive technologies (ATs) to enhance the accessibility of Internet Explorer. These changes relate to IE9’s switch to hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML content. Previously, some accessibility tools depended on IE’s GDI-based rendering to scrape information from Web sites. Since IE9 has no GDI-based rendering, these features do not work with IE9. Anticipating this problem, Microsoft has worked closely with assistive technology vendors (ATVs...
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