Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: IE9 Site Pinning enabled on my blog

    Check out site pinning on my blog. You’ll obviously need Windows 7 and IE9. To get started, follow the directions or drag the favicon on this page and drop onto your taskbar. Let me know what you think.
  • Blog Post: A Look at Asynchronous Script Downloads

    You hear more and more about slow loading pages, and one of the big factors for this is downloading too many resources and immediate execution. Consequently, developers are looking for resource downloads and actions that they can postpone for later execution – such as after the primary part of the page...
  • Blog Post: VS 2010 Adds Support for HTML5 and CSS3

      Check out the Visual Studio Web Standards Update which brings a ton of HTML5 & CSS3 support to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 .   VS Web Standards Update is a free extension available for anyone who is using Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and it provides HTML5 & CSS3 support based on current...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s internal IT Department Shares Lessons of IE9 Rollout to More Than 100,000 Computers

    Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) worked closely with the Internet Explorer product team to test and deploy Windows® Internet Explorer® 9 across the enterprise. This content discusses the testing and deployment strategy that delivered Windows® Internet Explorer® 9 to more...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8, What We Know Today

    Well, it’s an exciting time to work at Microsoft, with so many cool things unfolding before us. As you could imagine, there are lots of questions around the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8”. I look forward to the next disclosure at the BUILD conference in September – so at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Disney show Tron:Legacy leveraging HTML5

    Wow! Another cool web experience, that runs better with IE9. Check this out: Disney TRON: Legacy Digital Book Site . Very cool experience. First off, it is HTML5, so any modern browser can run it. Second, just looking at the Behind the Scenes explanation, the development has several excellent quotes...
  • Blog Post: Win CMA Fest 4 Day Pass with Internet Explorer 9

    Rascal Flatts , Jason Aldean , and Ronnie Dunn have different prize packages just waiting for you. Go to these links and follow the registration instructions. You’ll need IE9 and Windows 7 , and the contest payoff could be big for the country music fan. Each artist has their own contest and they have...
  • Blog Post: DEV332: Enhancing Pinned Sites with Windows Internet Explorer 9

    This was my second session at TechEd. (I described my first here .) This session is obviously focused on site pinning, one of my favorite topics. In this session, as I described the fundamental pieces to site pinning, I showed other implementations as well as a mock conversation of how I would demo to...
  • Blog Post: DEV348 - Debugging Pesky HTML5 Websites with F12 in Windows Internet Explorer 9

    This is a short recap of my presentation at TechEd, on . Video is here . This talk was practical advice that came from solving several customer requests that started with: “my site broke with IE9”. The talk was short on slides, but included live debugging of several live sites ( please don’t shoot the...
  • Blog Post: Experiencing Flash issues with IE9 today?

    I’ve had a few customers ask me about an IE9 situation where Flash app’s are appearing in the top left of the window and flashing. Turns out that this is not a IE9 bug, but something with Flash and apparently Intel HD Graphics adapters. More details can be found here on Adobe’s site. A pre-release fix...
  • Blog Post: 3 Weeks Left to Get Into {Dev:unplugged}

      We believe that HTML5 and related technologies, in conjunction with faster and faster browsers, finally give developers the tools they need to create experiences that are just as vivid, interactive and high-fidelity as what you have come to expect from native applications without the need for...
  • Blog Post: HTML Goodies: Lots of Education Waiting For You

      Anyone noticed the HTML5 articles appearing at the HTML5 Development Center at HTML Goodies   ? Not only am I seeing some good content, but I also see that they are supporting IE9 site pinning. Not to step over the valuable articles there, I looked into their site pinning implementation and...
  • Blog Post: You Sniffers: Watchout for the new IE10 User-Agent

    As announced at MIX last week, we’ve started shipping previews of IE10 ( download ) – just like we did through the IE9 alpha/beta stages. And this shows our continued focus on making IE a top browser choice for Windows users and IT shops. But, after reading Tony Ross’ post on the new IE10 user agent...
  • Blog Post: MIX11: MED02–Introduction to Microsoft Media Platform (MMP)

      Recording , April 12, 2011, 3:30PM PST, Session: MED02, Speakers: Alex Zambelli What Changed? Players, bandwidth, standards, more demand, etc. Second Generation of Microsoft Media “Microsoft responded to changing streaming media landscape with Silverlight, IIS Media Services, PlayReady, Expression...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Community Night: streamed from Silicon Valley

      Organized by Microsoft’s Doris Chen , Microsoft is hosting a joint HTML5 event with Silicon Valley JavaScript on 4/26 (Tuesday) at Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA.  Over 500 developers have registered.  We have speakers like Giorgio Sardo from Microsoft IE team, Tab Atkins from...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Launch Coverage

      IE9 PressPass , including Launch recording IE9 Launch Transcript March 14, 2011. Remarks by Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice President, Internet Explorer in Austin, Texas. Microsoft Announces Hardware-Accelerated HTML5, Pushes Boundaries on Web and Cloud Development March 16, 2010 Many [site...
  • Blog Post: IE9 Site Pinning at your favorite sites

    Lots of good stuff going on with Site Pinning . And our DPE team has been working to promote this set of capabilities to our customers. Here’s some of the partners that have implemented site pinning with our team (DPE Central Region Innovation): Groupon , coupons galore The Killers , music...
  • Blog Post: Why should Internet Explorer 9 be of interest to you?

      Saw this in a internal email and had to share. Some of this information may surprise you! 1. IE9 is the fastest adopted beta in IE browser history .  With over 40M downloads and a usage share on Windows 7 well over 2% globally, IE9 adoption has more than surpassed expectations. 2. IE9 is...
  • Blog Post: IE9: Changes to Jump Lists, some good and some great

    I like IE9 site pinning! I really think that if a site takes advantage of this, IE9 users will be that site’s most valuable customers to acquire. Part of the site pinning story is “dynamic jump lists”, which sit on the foundation provided by Windows 7. Living through the IE9 Beta, we all became used...
  • Blog Post: IE6 Countdown–Friends Don’t Let Friends use IE6

    You know – we want the end of IE6 as much as you do. I don’t know why companies continue to hold out. Whenever I’ve looked into circumstances that keep people from moving on, it’s almost always some silliness – and I need to stay away from expressing my true feelings on this. Bottom line: IE6 was not...
  • Blog Post: Site Pinning Discoverability and IE9 RC

    In my last post on site pinning where I wanted to make sure folks were aware of a “gotcha”, I closed with a few ways to implement “discoverability”. Huffington Post has been a good example to show a unique way they promote their “site pinning” experience. And now, they’ve updated their site to leverage...
  • Blog Post: A Simple IE9 Site Pinning Pattern, and One Gotcha

    IE9 is running hot these days, with a hot start with the beta and now the recently released RC. There are even some new site pinning features in the RC. After working with several customers recently on implementations, let’s go through a simple implementation pattern. I want to update a few learnings...
  • Blog Post: What IE9 Changes Could Impact Your Site

    With every Internet Explorer release, we’ll get asked about what does IE do this time to break your site. Note, we don’t intentionally attempt to break your site. With every release, we try to make it easier for you to have IE consumers. The goal with this release is to let you have one set of HTML for...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 and 3rd Grade Math

    I have a 3rd grader at home, and he’s learning multiplication. Struggling with memorizing these currently unimportant numbers (in his mind), we’re doing some extra things at home. As an example, I’ve been making him write out an old fashioned multiplication table, in order to get him to start recognizing...
  • Blog Post: Free Developer Bootcamp coming to Nashville and Region

      MSDN Events Presents: For the Win: Windows 7 Development Boot Camp Web and cloud may be all the rage, but many developers are still doing hardcore client development. If you are among them, this Boot Camp is for you! In this full-day event, we will explore how to maximize your impact on the Windows...
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