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    What's new in F12 with Windows 8.1 Update

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    We are excited to announce a set of substantial updates to the developer tools in IE, (F12) as well as in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. The updates in F12 accompany the new releases in IE11. Previously , we described the capabilities of F12, and its focus on a fast, iterative workflow, on providing accurate data in the DOM Explorer and on providing actionable data in the memory and performance tools. As you use F12 with this update, you will notice enhancements for the following: A tighter...
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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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    Stay up to date with Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

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    Microsoft is taking an important step towards helping businesses stay up to date with the latest software, services, and devices. Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11, announced today as an update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, provides better compatibility for older versions of Internet Explorer and tools to manage which Web apps use it. Businesses can benefit from the modern Web standards, better performance, and increased security of our latest browser, while extending existing investments...
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    Announcing an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 - available on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1

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    Today we’re excited to announce an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 available with the Windows 8.1 Update and for our Windows 7 customers as well as the debut of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows 8.1 Update will be available for download today on MSDN and TechNet , with automatic updates beginning April 8th for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. We are also launching two new experiences today – 22Tracks and FishGL – so you can explore what’s...
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    Building Better Input Experience for East Asian Users with the IME API in IE11

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    During the development of Internet Explorer 11, we proposed and implemented a new set of IME APIs to the Web Applications Working Group for a better input experience for East Asian users. These discussions resulted in changes to the Editor’s Draft of the W3C IME API. This API enables developers to build a tightly integrated experience between the IME that East Asian users rely on to type in their local languages and the UI that developers create to assist input, for example a search suggestion list...
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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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    Certificate reputation, a novel approach for protecting users from fraudulent certificates

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    At the IETF in London last week, we presented a proposal called Certificate Reputation for detecting fraudulent certificates, in order to protect you from attackers that could have stolen a site’s identity. This prevents malicious sites from phishing your personal information like passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers etc. Recent attacks against public and Microsoft CAs (e.g. the DigiNotar and Comodo attacks) led us to develop mechanisms that protect you from such threats. Background...
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    Introducing Reading View in IE 11

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    In IE11, you can click or tap a button in the address bar to put a Web page article into reading view. Reading view is a new feature in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 that helps you focus on the main content of the Web page you want to read. Reading view is a way to experience just the article or blog post you want to read, without the distractions of related (or unrelated) content surrounding the story. Find an article you want to read, switch to reading view, and settle into a great reading...
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    February 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-010 - Critical This security update resolves twenty-three privately reported and one 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...
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    modern.IE Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary and 1 Million Hours Saved

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    Since the launch of modern.IE in January of 2013, developers taking advantage of the free virtual testing tools on the site have collectively saved over 1 million hours testing time . Join us in congratulating the team on the anniversary and the milestone. Learn more about the anniversary over at the Exploring IE blog and more about the resources on the site from our December post. Happy Anniversary @IEDevChat!
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    Happy Holidays from the IE Team!

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    In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share some GPU-powered HTML5 and CSS3 holiday cheer. Check out Holiday Lites to brighten your screen and test your browser’s layout and rendering performance. This demo shows how IE11 updates content incrementally rather than needing to layout and render the entire page after every DOM manipulation. It uses a broad range of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Border-Image, Flexbox, MP3 Audio, Power Efficient timers, and more. Check out Holiday Lites...
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    IE11 Virtual Machines Now Available on modern.IE

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    With the recent release of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 , we have added IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions. We have also updated all of the virtual machines based on your feedback, to make browser testing easier. The VMs are available for free for the purpose of testing your site on all versions of Internet Explorer; regardless of your development platform. The images...
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    Understanding the Real-World Performance of your Web Application Across IE11 and Other Browsers

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    Together with Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and other community leaders, the W3C Web Performance working group has standardized the Navigation Timing , Resource Timing , User Timing , and Performance Timeline interfaces to help you understand the real-world performance of navigating, fetching resources, and running scripts in your Web application. You can use these interfaces to capture and analyze how your real-world customers are experiencing your Web application, instead of relying on synthetic...
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    December 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-097 - Critical This security update resolves seven 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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    Getting to the Content You Want, Faster in IE11

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    Internet Explorer 11 helps overcome the effects of network latency, making every day browsing feel fast and responsive without hurting battery life, CPU, network bandwidth, or memory. Network latency is a problem that holds back Web performance, even though we enjoy more bandwidth now than ever before. IE11 reduces the effects of network latency by downloading and preloading pages and Web resources in the background, downloading multiple resources in parallel using the SPDY/3 protocol, and prioritizing...
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    EtchMark Under the Hood: Building a Website that Handles Touch, Mouse, and Pen – and Device Shakes

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    EtchMark is a new take on the classic Etch-A-Sketch drawing toy, showcasing IE11’s improved support for touch and emerging Web standards (including Pointer Events and Device Orientation ). In this post, we’ll walk through several features that you can easily add to your own sites to build an experience that feels smooth and natural with touch, mouse, pen, and keyboard – and even responds to device shaking. Structure of the Demo EtchMark enables you to draw anything you want on the screen using...
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    November 2013 Internet Explorer Updates

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-088 - Critical This security update resolves ten privately reported and one 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...
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    IE11 Automatically Makes Over 40% of the Web More Secure While Making Sure Sites Continue to Work

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    Internet Explorer 11 is the first browser to make Internet connections more secure and reliable by reducing the use of vulnerable ciphersuites, such as RC4 and by using the latest security standards, TLS 1.2, by default. With these changes in IE11, you can have peace of mind when accessing your critical personal information on social media, banking, commerce, and other sites. These advances build on our continued work to make IE the most secure browser in key areas such as socially engineered attacks...
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    Building world-ready applications in JavaScript using IE11

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    Building world-ready applications in JavaScript using IE11 With Internet Explorer 11, Web applications can now use JavaScript ECMAScript Internationalization APIs , which provide a standard JavaScript based interface to deliver great world-ready experiences such as number, date, time and currency formatting and culture specific string collation (comparisons). In IE11, Web apps can utilize capabilities exposed by the Windows internationalization library, which includes support for over 364 locales...
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    A Humbling Delight

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    Moving the Web forward continues to be important. The Web and the IE team have come a long way from our first posts here. This blog will continue to cover advances and issues of interest to people who care about the Web, like HTML5, performance, touch, security, and the like. I’m changing roles at Microsoft, and excited to start a new team to take on something new. Microsoft will of course continue to invest in the browser, in Web standards, in developer tooling for the Web, in privacy, and in...
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    IE11 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

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    Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today . We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support--with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. And with Windows 8.1, IE11 delivers the best...
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    New Performance Scanning Tools on modern.IE Enable Faster Real-World Sites and Improved User Experiences

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    Today we released improvements to the modern.IE code scanner that help developers identify common patterns that improve real-site performance and can make a real impact on what users do on sites they visit. We also published a new tutorial that shows how swish.com used a combination of modern.IE and F12 tools in Internet Explorer 11 to improve their home page performance by 40% across modern browsers, including Internet Explorer. We continue to update modern.IE with tools that help developers spend...
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    Enhanced Rich Editing Experiences in IE11

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    With Internet Explorer 11, Web-based applications and sites can offer rich editing experiences enabling users to easily capture and share data. Online and cloud-based content creation scenarios, such as e-mail and Web-based document editing—including Office 365, rely on the contentEditable feature of HTML5. With IE11, users can now paste images from a variety of input sources, copy lists while preserving formatting, and undo their editing more easily. Pasting Images from All Sources and...
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    Enabling new interoperable panning experiences through the CSS Scrolling Snap Points Specification

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    Today, we submitted a new proposal to the W3C, CSS Scrolling Snap Points, designed to enable fast and fluid panning experiences for touch and other input devices, based on APIs introduced in IE10 and improved in IE11. These APIs enable developers to more easily build panning experiences such as paginated content and scrolling photo galleries that are perfect for touch and work just as easily with mouse, keyboard, or trackpad. A great example of this experience is the MSN homepage optimized for Windows...
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    IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit Available for Windows 7

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    Business and organizations that want to manage their own update schedule can use the IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 11. This Blocker Toolkit—like its predecessors for IE10, IE9, IE8, and IE7—is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. While we encourage all customers to upgrade their browser to the latest version as quickly as possible, this approach enables organizations to control when they are ready to deploy IE11 to their Windows...
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