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  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 7 – Stop and Refresh buttons

    Move stop-and-refresh back to where they were in IE6 This was going to be my first post in this series, but the Vista Team blog stole my thunder with a much more detailed post covering lots of the chrome customizations, so I left it for last. :) Be sure to check it out the Vista blog. PS. A quick reminder...
  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 6 – Authenticated RSS

      Authenticated RSS Feeds When we first released the Windows RSS platform a number of people asked us about authenticated feeds. As I said in those posts, it was a hard cut for IE7, but I’m really happy to see that it’s here for IE8 :) To set up an authenticated feed, just subscribe to it, and then...
  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 5 – Tab duplication

    Clone your current place One of the nice things about the “New Window” (Ctrl-N) feature dating back to early releases of IE, is that it always duplicates the current open window, as well as all of its state – in particular, the window’s history. When the “New Tab” feature was created back in IE7, I remember...
  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 4 – OmniBox™

    Use your address bar for searching A little-known fact is that IE has always had a combination address-bar/search box (this goes back to at least IE6). Well, to be fair, I thought this was fairly well-known until reviewers starting going nuts over the Omnibox™. If you enter a single word with no spaces...
  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 3 – Feed Search

    Searching the future This morning I wanted to find out where I read about that “Skymarket” initiative. Off to IE, type in “skymarket” and it shows me not just Long Zheng’s original post , which I had read but also Joe Wilcox’s commentary , which I hadn’t read yet. What happens is that IE is searching...
  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part 2 – Formatted View Source

    Formatted View Source You don’t have to be a pro developer to love this one. Since the very beginning, IE has relied on the built-in Notepad editor to show page source. Notepad, it should be noted is not a source viewer. In IE8, for the first time, the IE team itself took on ownership of the core development...
  • Blog Post: Little things you may not have noticed in IE8: Part I – Search Quick Pick

    IE8 has a lot of big new features (see the IE blog for more of that), but what I like about it is the small things. This is the first in a short series of my favorites little features that I haven’t seen mentioned much (or at all) elsewhere: Search Engine Quick Pick I am so thrilled with the way this...
  • Blog Post: I guess they don’t like us anymore

    I don’t think Yahoo likes us anymore. IE8 Beta 2 ships, and they start pushing Firefox on their home page . Here’s the funny thing. They didn’t really want to work too hard on the page. Here’s the page they used for IE7, followed by the page they are using to push Firefox 3:        ...
  • Blog Post: Cake Delivery Services R us

    Yesterday morning I got a call from my old buddies on the IE team asking me to help out with a cake delivery. I was happy to help out, and Gerry’s Cakes ( www.gerryscakes.com ) in Menlo Park was able to pull together an awesome 3D cake with only a couple hours notice. Mozilla’s offices are 2 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Former Intern makes Good

    The tall white dude in the middle of this picture is none other than Chrix Finne of IE RSS team internship fame. Picture courtesy www.harvard.edu Harvard Class Day, June 6, 2007. You may now commence to make the obvious Clinton and intern comments.
  • Blog Post: On names and codenames...

    The naming of products at Microsoft is something that never ceases to fascinate the world. The latest thing to get the blogosphere's proverbial knickers in a twist is the re-renaming of Windows Live Mail to Windows Live Hotmail. Well, guess what... I actually have no opinion on this re-rename. Why? Because...
  • Blog Post: Atom content and summary and IE7

    I took a moment to point IE7 (on Vista) to this feed. Looks good to me. :) Reminds me -- I really need to post that documentation on how the RSS platform handles different feed formats and different elements of different formats. I'll see if I can get that done this weekend.
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