Jennifer Marsman

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  • Blog Post: //build 2013 – Day 2 Keynote

    Following the //build day 1 keynote , there was also a keynote on the second day of the //build conference 2013.  In case you missed it, all session recordings will be available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013 . The Day 2 Keynote recording is at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build...
  • Blog Post: "Technology and Friends” webcast on IE Pinned Sites

    The great David Giard asked me to be a guest on his webcast Technology and Friends .  I spoke on Internet Explorer pinned sites.  This episode is available online , and it was also shown on Ann Arbor’s Channel 17 TV!  The episode was really fun to record…we were in an actual television...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 10: Pinned Site Resources

    I like to close a blog post series with a list of resources for further exploration. In that spirit, here’s some great info on site pinning and Internet Explorer.  Internet Explorer Sites These websites showcase everything that the latest version of IE can do.  You can also download IE from...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 9: Patterns to make your pinned site code play nice in all browsers

    In the last 4 blog posts, I’ve demonstrated using JavaScript to create various experiences in your pinned site ( dynamic Jump List categories , overlay icons , thumbnail toolbar buttons , and flashing taskbar buttons ).  You may have been wondering if this JavaScript would play nicely in a browser...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 8: How to implement a Flashing Taskbar Button

    You have probably seen flashing taskbar buttons before.  Perhaps you have an instant messaging program which flashes the taskbar button when a new message comes in?  Flashing taskbar buttons are used to signal users that their attention or interaction is needed.  Pinned sites can make...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 7: How to implement Thumbnail Toolbar Buttons

    When you hover the mouse over a Taskbar button of a running application or website, a “thumbnail” pops up.  This is a little image of the running window.  With pinned sites, you can create thumbnail toolbar buttons, which are small buttons that will display directly under the thumbnail in that...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 6: How to implement Overlay Icons

    Today, we’ll dive into how to implement overlay icons in your pinned site.  Overlay icons are used to surface notifications or status to the user.  When you pin a site to the Taskbar, remember that it is now always available in your Taskbar.  While the pinned site is running, it has the...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 5: How to implement dynamic Jump List Categories

    Remember how in an earlier post , I mentioned that there were two parts to the msSiteMode API to integrate pinned sites with the Windows 7 taskbar: some things were implemented in HTML and would apply to anyone visiting the website, and some things were implemented in JavaScript and were dynamic or specific...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 4: How to implement Jump List Tasks

    In yesterday’s post , we saw how to implement site properties in pinned sites.  Today, we will learn to implement Jump List Tasks, which (like the site properties that we looked at yesterday) will apply to anyone who visits the site.  Jump List Tasks are implemented using meta tags in the head...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 3: How to implement basic site properties

    Now that you have the background on what pinned sites are and why they’re useful , let’s start looking at some code!  I previously mentioned that web developers can use the msSiteMode APIs to integrate pinned sites with the Windows 7 Taskbar.  These APIs are divided into two groups: Site properties...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 2: Why Implement Pinned Sites?

    In yesterday’s blog post , I introduced what pinned sites are and showed how they are available to any website.  However, as much as we developers love to play with shiny new technology for the cool factor, you can’t adopt technology for the fun of it.  There has to be a legitimate business...
  • Blog Post: IE Pinned Sites Part 1: What Are Pinned Sites?

    In Internet Explorer 9, a new feature called pinned sites was introduced.  In this post, I’ll explain what pinned sites are.  In future posts in this series, I’ll discuss why they are worth implementing and how to do it using HTML and JavaScript.  “Pinning” a site is dragging a webpage...
  • Blog Post: Major announcements from Day 1 keynote of MIX 2011

    Did you miss the MIX keynote today? If so, not to worry. Here’s a quick summary of the major new releases and announcements: Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1 (PP1): http://bit.ly/dXPQ2T (and try out the demos at http://ietestdrive.com ) ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Chat on IE9

    To celebrate the launch of Internet Explorer 9 this week, I’m going to be doing a live Facebook Chat on IE9 on March 17 (tomorrow) from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern time.  This is the first time that I’ve done a live Facebook chat (which is a text-only format); I’m curious to see how it goes.  You can...
  • Blog Post: Is your website ready for Internet Explorer 8?

    In IE8, some default settings are changing in order to be more standards-compliant.  Make sure that your website will still render well!  Here's the official announcement:  Consistent with our efforts to promote further interoperability across the Web, Microsoft will be releasing Internet...
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