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    Upcoming HTTPS Improvements in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2

    In the past, we’ve called upon website operators to ensure they are using HTTPS securely . This time, I’d like to tell you about the changes IE7 has made to improve the security and user experience for HTTPS connections. Safer Protocol Defaults HTTPS uses encryption to secure your Internet traffic to protect it from snooping or tampering by others on the network. HTTPS uses either the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols to protect data. For Internet...
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    The Keyboard Lover’s Guide to IE7

    Many are content to spend all day clicking fancy looking buttons or menu items in order to get their tasks accomplished, but those who know the correct keyboard and mouse shortcuts can often get around applications more efficiently: Browsing the web with Internet Explorer is no exception. I want to take a minute to discuss a few useful shortcuts already available in IE6 that will help you get around the web, and then list some great new shortcuts we are providing in IE7. First: Getting around...
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    Please test your sites with IE7

    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 22 August 2012 I’m very excited we’ve released a public preview of beta2 that everyone can download. I’m also very happy that we’ve opened up a couple of different avenues to take your feedback. As Dean mentioned, there is a great checklist for site developers on the IE7 preview site ; I wanted to call out a specific item on that list. Markus posted a while ago about the demise of...
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    IE10 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses

    Internet Explorer 10 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today . We will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE10 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE10 Release Preview. With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers. 20% faster for real world Web sites With IE10 we continue delivering the best performance...
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    Site Compatibility and IE8

    Reports of broken sites are an important part of the feedback the IE team receives from the community. When we receive a report of a broken site, we take it and identify the core issue causing the problem. A number of these issues end up being side effects of changes we deliberately made in IE8, but even these are useful. They help us identify which IE8 changes have the broadest compatibility impact. In this post I'll share some of these issues with you so you can quickly identify problems affecting...
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    Project Spartan and the Windows 10 January Preview Build

    Yesterday, we announced that Windows 10 will ship with a brand new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan.” Designed for Windows 10, Spartan provides a more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with advanced features including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster. Spartan is a single browser designed to work great across the entire Windows 10 device family ...
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    Rules for Comments on the IEBlog

    I am glad to see what got lots of feedback and discussion around our posts from yesterday. I am still digging through all the comments from yesterday and today, but I did notice some profanity. As people get more engaged with IEBlog, we want to set down some guidelines on how we are going handle comments in general. Our primary goal is for this to be a place for open discussion about IE, so we don’t want to have lots of overhead and process. Things we want to see in comments: Lots of good interesting...
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    The Internet Explorer 8 User-Agent String (Updated Edition)

    As announced in February 2008 , Internet Explorer 8 sends an updated user-agent string when interacting with web servers. Since we last blogged about the User-Agent string, the Internet Explorer team introduced Compatibility View and today, the Windows team is releasing the Windows 7 Beta . Each of these events has a small impact on the User-Agent string, as I will outline in this post. The Trident/4.0 User-Agent String In order to help users visit sites that block the “MSIE 8.0” user-agent...
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    IE10: Fast, Fluid, Perfect for Touch, and Available Now for Windows 7

    In Windows 8, we reimagined the browser with IE10. We designed and built IE10 to be the best way to experience the Web on Windows. With the IE10 Release Preview for Windows 7 consumers can now enjoy a fast and fluid Web with the updated IE10 engine on their Windows 7 devices. The release preview of IE10 on Windows 7 is available for download today. IE10 on Windows 8 brings an entirely new browsing experience and set of capabilities to the Web, such as a new touch first browsing experience and...
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    A New Look for IE

    Hello, I’m Max Stevens, and I recently joined the IE team as a Program Manager working on the user experience. In anticipation of our next major pre-release of IE, I’d like to give an overview of some of the great work we’ve done in the UI, especially a lot of the progress we’ve made since Beta 1. For more in depth looks at specific features mentioned here, Jeremy, Aaron, Jane and others will be posting soon. Main Browsing UI One of the most obvious changes since Beta 1 is in the toolbar area...
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    100 Million IE7 Installations!

    I’m pleased to report that on January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation. However, even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to websites in the US were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as we complete our final localized versions, scale up AU distribution, and with the consumer availability of...
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    New IE 7 Icon and Logo

    Hopefully, by now you’ve seen from our posts that there are a lot of new features and work going into IE 7. As part of this update, we’re refreshing our icon and logotype. We considered more radical departures from our current logo, but blue “e” with the ring is very recognizable and familiar to users, so we elected instead to make more subtle changes. As you can see, the new “e” has more modern look, and the edges are a bit darker so the icon stands out better against different backgrounds...
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    Using rounded corners with IE today

    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 Web developers often want to add rounded corners to their pages. Since we have no plans to do native rounded corner support in IE7 (CSS3 feature), I want to point out that there is an article available on MSDN that shows you how you can easily and efficiently implement rounded corners with IE today. Enjoy!
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    Launch Options for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8

    IE10 is a new browsing experience built in lockstep with Windows 8 to give you all the advantages that Metro style applications offer. We built that experience by extending IE’s underlying architecture to provide a fast, fully hardware accelerated browsing engine with strong security and support for HTML5 and other Web standards. IE10 also includes a desktop experience for when you are using desktop tools and wish to continue using them in your existing workflows. Following last September...
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    Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 for Windows XP (and more) Now Available

    This morning we released IE7 Beta 3 for Windows XP. This version includes improvements in reliability, compatibility, security, and a few end user features. Give it a try at . Based on your feedback, we’ve made some changes to IE7. Beta 3 returns the email button to the toolbar customize dialog (one of the most requested features), and enables reordering of tabs by dragging them to the left or right. In this version you can also scroll horizontally...
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    IE’s Compatibility Features for Site Developers

    Site developers have been clear that they want interoperability and standards compliance (or “Same markup”) for newer technologies as well as backward compatibility for their existing sites. After reading questions and comments on the last few compatibility-related blog posts , I thought now is a good time to recap IE’s compatibility features for site developers. As IE changes and supports new technologies, developers will still want, in some scenarios, IE’s legacy behavior...
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    Native HTML5: First IE10 Platform Preview Available for Download

    IE10 Platform Preview 1, available for download today is the first step in delivering the next wave of progress in native HTML5 support. Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device. We built IE9 from the ground up for HTML5 and for Windows to deliver the most native HTML5 experience and the best Web experience on Windows. IE10 continues on IE9’s path, directly using what Windows provides and avoiding abstractions, layers...
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    IE7 in Vista: Folder Redirection for Favorites on the Same Machine

    One thing I like to do when I set up my machine is customize the location of my personal stuff like photos, documents, pictures, and favorites to a different drive in order to preserve my files during the onslaught of dual booting, upgrading the OS etc. which I often perform as a tester on IE. For the sake of relevance and simplicity, I am going to limit this discussion to only Favorites and not all of the shell folders. What used to be an undesirable hack in XP is now a fully supported feature...
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    IE8 SmartScreen Filter - Protecting Users at Internet Scale

    The RSA 2010 Security Conference is just finishing up here in San Francisco, and I’m struck by how many of the conference sessions and keynotes have warned about the threat that socially engineered malware poses to the security of the Internet. Malware has become the scourge of the Internet, and it’s not just the security experts who are worried—the top story in my morning paper yesterday described how a typical malware attack compromised a financial firm’s network . Our data shows that one out of...
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    Netscape 8 and Internet Explorer's XML Rendering

    We’ve just confirmed an issue that has started to be reported on newsgroups and forums that after installing Netscape 8 the XML rendering capabilities of Internet Explorer no longer work. That means that if you navigate in IE to an XML file such as an RSS feed or an XML file with an XSLT transformation applied then rather than seeing the data you are presented with a blank page. We currently have the following work around for people that are hitting this issue...
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    Windows Vista and Parental Controls in IE7

    Hello World! I’m Sharon Cohen, Program Manager for parental controls in IE7. If you haven’t heard about Windows Vista Parental Controls, be sure to read Brian’s blog post which gives a great overview of the feature. I’d like to fill you in on the great features IE7 adds to Windows Vista Parental Controls. IE7 offers two features which will enhance the Windows Vista Parental Controls experience for both parents and children. As Brian described, when Parental Controls have been enabled on a child...
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    IE8 Security Part IV: The XSS Filter

    Hi, I'm David Ross, Security Software Engineer on the SWI team. I’m proud to be doing this guest post on the IE blog today to show off some of the collaborative work SWI is doing with the Internet Explorer team. Today we are releasing some details on a new IE8 feature that makes reflected / “Type-1” Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities much more difficult to exploit from within Internet Explorer 8. Type-1 XSS flaws represent a growing portion of overall reported vulnerabilities and are increasingly...
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    Introducing IE9’s User Agent String

    This post introduces IE9’s User-Agent (UA) String and it builds on previous blog posts and documentation . An important change for site developers to know is that IE9 will send the short UA string by default. This change improves overall performance, interoperability and compatibility. IE9 will no longer send additions to the UA string made by other software installed on the machine such as .NET and many others . Some folks will notice that the IE9 Platform Preview sends IE8’s UA string . We...
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    Enhanced Protected Mode

    Every release of Internet Explorer includes new security enhancements to help keep you safe as you browse the Internet. The new Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 10 helps keep your data safe even if an attacker has exploited a vulnerability in the browser or one of its add-ons. There is no single thing that can keep you secure by itself, so we pursue multiple strategies, including: Protection from socially-engineered attacks There are a variety of miscreants that want to steal...
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    Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

    As we shared in May , Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer...
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