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    AJAX Experience & Tools

    Hi there! My name is Laurel Reitman and I’m a Lead Program Manager on the Internet Explorer team working on our Programming Model. I had the pleasure of attending the AJAX Experience May 10th-12th down in San Francisco. A big thanks to Ben & Dion from for hosting the conference. It was a great opportunity to sit down with developers who are building AJAX-style web sites as well as developers who are building tools to make it easier for others to build rich applications. I feel...
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    Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.0 Beta

    In my last blog post I mentioned how important compatibility is, for example, you might see a certificate error page and would like to know what the problem with the website digital certificate is. In order to help you get ready for IE7, the IE team released a small tool that can be used to find compatibility issues when using IE7 beta builds. I am happy to announce that Microsoft has released a beta of the fully featured compatibility tool, the Microsoft Application Compatibility...
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    Transcript for IE Expert Zone Chat

    The transcript from the May 11 th chat is now available online . The Chat was fun as usual and we had a blast. People seemed very excited with IE7 Beta 2 and were curious about what to expect in Beta 3. You can find out when the next chat will be at . We typically hold the IE chats on the second Thursday of every month. Cheers Uche
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    Thank you, Al

    Hello everybody, My name is Anurag Jain and I am a Program Manager on the IE team. I am also involved in the sustained engineering efforts to support IE6, and chances are that I might have spoken to some of you on the phone. I would like to thank Al for the great work he has done here, both with the IE blog and his other duties, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. I hope everyone is enjoying the second beta of IE7. Keep sending us your feedback! - Anurag
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    A New Blogfather is Born

    Hello everyone, I wanted to let the readers of the IEBlog know that the torch is being passed today on the blog. A fellow program manager, Anurag Jain, is taking over running the day to day activity and moderation duties that keep this blog going on the IE team. You should expect to see posts and comments from him in the future as the official moderator (or “Blogfather” as we call it) for the IEBlog. Please treat him with the love and affection that you have shown me. :-) Today is my last day...
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    May chat with IE team

    Members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday May 11 th at 4.00PM PST. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. A transcript will be published after the chat and transcripts of other recent chats are available. These chats are a lot of fun and we hope you will join us for the chat if you can. Cheers - Uche
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    User Privacy and the Phishing Filter

    When we shipped the Microsoft Phishing Filter in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1, many readers on the blog asked: if the Phishing Filter is checking suspicious URLs against a web service, how would Microsoft protect user privacy? We know that for customers to benefit from the work we put into the Phishing Filter, they have to trust us enough to use it. As you’ve been hearing for years, Microsoft now engineers our products to be more secure by default. In the same way, we engineered the Phishing Filter...
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    IE7 Beta 2 now available in multiple languages

    After endless nights and countless slices of pizza, the IE team is proud to announce the availability of Arabic, Finnish, and German versions of IE7 Beta 2 in addition to the English versions we released a week and a half ago . We are also on track to deliver Japanese versions of IE7 Beta 2 on Monday, May 8 th , at 9:00PM PST. You can download IE7 beta 2 from the following locations: Arabic Finnish http://www...
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    Mix Sessions and IE Video now Online

    This morning there are some new sessions and videos available that feature the IE team. All of the Mix06 conference sessions are now available online. There are some great sessions to check out including the following ones from the IE team: NGW042 - Making Your Site Look Great in IE7 - The tools Markus shows in his talk are available here . NGW006 - Making Your Site Work with IE7 Security NGW028 - Open, De Jure, De Facto and Proprietary: Standards and Microsoft NGW048 - The Future...
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    Where are my tabs?

    My name is John Hrvatin and I’m the Program Manager for IE setup. Some customers have reported that after successfully completing IE7 setup, they do not have a tab band. I’d like to shed some light on this issue and offer a solution. IE’s tab implementation depends on xmllite.dll which is installed with IE7 but through a separate installer bundled within the IE setup process. If you extract the contents of the IE7 installation package and run update.exe directly, you will skip this step which...
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    Search in IE7 (Part 2)

    I posted previously that in IE7, the user is in control of search, and that changing the default search provider (as well as modifying the list of search engines in IE7’s list) is easy. In this post I’ll describe some of the specifics and recap feedback we’ve gotten from users. The short version: the search box in IE7 is not Microsoft’s. It belongs to the user. Our guiding principle for the search box in IE7 is that the user is in control. Read on for details. The Default . The typical default...
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    Give Beta Feedback Link

    Hi all, I just wanted to point out that we have also included an entry called 'Give Beta Feedback' under the Tools menu in the command bar that directs you to a webpage with the list of all the ways mentioned in Al’s feedback post of getting information back to us about Beta 2. Check it out!! - Uche
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    A New IE Add-on Site

    Hi, I’m Tina Duff one of the IE Program Managers focused on improving the customer experience around IE - including the IE add-on web site. It sounds simple, but this means ensuring that wherever IE is talked about on, it’s technically correct, easy to navigate, and provides the information customers want. We quickly realized that we should do a better job making all the great add-ons to IE that developers have created easier to find and download. Thus the new IE add-on site was born...
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    Feedback and Support for IE7 Beta 2

    Hi, this is Al and I wanted to talk about feedback and support for Beta 2 of IE7 now that it is available. There are two main avenues for feedback for Beta 2, which are newsgroups and the Internet Explorer Feedback site. Internet Explorer Feedback As I posted about on March 24 , we have a site live to collect bug reports and product suggestions for future versions of IE. I'll have a blog post soon about how that is going and top issues but the site is especially important for Beta 2. The...
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    Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (and more) Available

    This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at . This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition. Simply: please try it. We acted on a lot of the feedback and bug reports from the previous public releases. In particular, I feel good about changes we made based on reports from web developers around some CSS behaviors, application compatibility feedback, reliability...
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    Windows Vista’s RFC-compliant TLS Extensions – Can your server handle them?

    Back in October, we blogged about some of the HTTPS improvements we’re making to IE7. At the time, we mentioned that we have encountered some HTTPS servers which claim to support TLS, but violate the RFC and “hang up” when extensions are received during the HTTPS handshake process. On Wednesday, Windows Networking GPM Billy Anders posted to the Windows Networking team blog , explaining why buggy TLS servers will result in connection failures when Windows Vista clients send TLS extensions. The...
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    IE Chat Transcript Online

    The transcript from yesterday's IE chat is now available online . The chat was a lot of fun and donuts kept us going as we answered more than 120 questions in the hour available. In the photograph you can see from left to right Peter Gurevich, Amy P (hiding behind Peter), Chris Wilson, Max Stevens, Uche Enuha and Cyra Richardson with donuts in the center of the table as they all type answers to questions at a furious pace. There's also a news article covering some of the answers in the...
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    IE ActiveX Update in April Security Update

    Just a notice that the April Security Update for IE also contains a non-security change to the handling of ActiveX controls, as we’ve previously mentioned . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    IE April 2006 Security Update is now available

    The IE April 2006 security update is now available! This security update is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates available via the new Microsoft Update . I would encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already. This update addresses 10 security issues: 8 remote code execution vulnerabilities, one information disclosure vulnerability and one spoofing vulnerability. For more information on the contents of this...
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    Reminder: Windows 98, 98SE, and ME are expiring soon!

    Hey everyone, Christopher here with another in a string of Windows Lifecycle reminders . Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium are due to expire after July 11 th of this year. Please read this posted article , which contains all the details about the timing and implications of the change. All Windows 98/SE/ME users are encouraged to upgrade to a supported version of Windows (such as Windows XP SP2). Thanks, - Christopher Vaughan
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    April Chat with IE Team

    Members of the IE team will be online for an Expert Zone chat this coming Thursday April 13 th at 10:00AM PST. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. A transcript will be published after the chat and transcripts of other recent chats are available. These chats are a lot of fun as we all type furiously to keep pace with the questions being asked. Please join us for the chat if you can. Thanks, - Dave
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    Time, Time, Time, see what’s become of me...

    Hello again. This is Peter Gurevich, Program Manager for all things rendering and display related on IE. How are all of you enjoying the IE7 Beta 2 preview refresh? I have been thinking a lot lately about the nature of Time. Now before we launch off into some big Physics discussion (which would be fun) I mean HTML +Time. I want to use this blog post as an opportunity for all of you to discuss and provide feedback on how you use it in your sites. How do you currently use HTML + TIME? Have you...
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    Page Zoom now supports horizontal scrolling with the mouse wheel

    Hey there, Peter here. I am really excited to tell you about the new horizontal scrolling feature in the Beta2 preview refresh as well as other enhancements we are working on for Page Zoom. We have received a lot of great comments and feedback from our customers about Page zoom and number of great suggestions. Thanks, we really appreciate it. We are working on how we can improve the Zooming of background images as well as how to stay centered when zooming on a centered page. The biggest feedback...
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    Working with the IE ActiveX Update

    To learn more about how IE works with the IE ActiveX Update and the options at your disposal to control the user experience of your web pages, please review this article on MSDN. You can try out the new behavior today on released versions of IE6 or IE7 Beta 2 Preview . Again, due to the nature of this topic, we are not taking comments on this post. - Tony Chor
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    More on Simple List Extensions

    There are two posts on the RSS team blog about the use of the Simple List Extensions , which have been implemented by IE7 and the Windows RSS Platform. The first is Simple List Extensions in action , and it shows examples of live sites (like, eBay and Yahoo) using the RSS extensions to add sorting and filtering capabilities to their feeds. The second is a longer post on Understanding Lists and SLE , which explains why RSS list feeds are useful and how they work (with diagrams!)....
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