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    IE9 Platform Preview Feedback

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    Getting specific feedback directly from developers about their experiences with the platform is super important to us. It’s a critical part of how we optimize for real world performance and real world code patterns. This post is about the changes we’re making to our feedback programs in support of broadening and strengthening that feedback loop. Feedback about Feedback Your feedback about how we managed developer feedback over the last several releases guided the changes we’re making with IE9...
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    Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

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    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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    Favorites Center

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    I am Jeremy Epling, a Program Manager on the IE User Experience team. One of my foci for IE7 has been improving the Favorites and History experience. I want to tell you about the new features we added and the motivation that was behind them. The IE6 experience for managing your Favorites and History is fairly disjoint and inconsistent. In IE7 we wanted to address these issues as well as make sure that we had a great experience between Tabs and Favorites. Favorites and History issues in IE6...
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    Part I: Better Everyday Browsing

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    Hi, my name is Paul Cutsinger and I’m the Lead Program Manager for the IE8 User Experience. As Dean mentioned in his beta 2 announcement post, for IE8 we focused on improving people’s everyday browsing experience – what they do all the time. We looked closely at what people do and how they do it to design ways to make their browsing even better. For all of the top usage patterns, we looked for ways to reduce steps, introduce new capabilities, and improve on how people actually browse. In this...
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    November Chat with the IE Team on Thursday

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    Join members of the Internet Explorer team for the last Expert Zone chat of 2008 this Thursday, November 13 th at 10.00 PST/18.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered by members of the IE product team. Thank you to all who have attended the chats through the year! Look for us to start these chats up again in January 2009. If you can’t join us online, all chat transcripts are published here . Kristen Kibble Program Manager P.S. Upcoming IE chat dates are...
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    IE8 Beta 2 Coming in August

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    In addition to the features for developers we showed in IE8 Beta 1 , we’ve been working on great new features for consumers and IT professionals (as well as doing even more cool stuff for developers). I’m happy to announce that we’re on track to deliver IE8 Beta 2 this August when you’ll get a chance to see what we’ve been up to in these areas. Furthermore, in order to help us get even more feedback for this global product, we’ll be releasing Beta 2 in over twenty languages within a month of the...
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    ECMAScript 3 and Beyond

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    There have been a number of blog posts recently about JavaScript developments, e.g. Gabriele Renzi’s " ECMAScript 4, the fourth system syndrome ". For ECMAScript, we here on the IE team certainly believe that thoughtful evolution is the right way to go; as I've frequently spoken about publicly, compatibility with the current web ecosystem - not "breaking the Web" - is something we take very seriously. In our opinion, a revolution in ECMAScript would be best done with an entirely new language, so...
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    IE7 Beta 3 now available in multiple languages

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    The IE team is proud to announce the availability of Arabic, Finnish, German and Japanese versions of IE7 Beta 3 in addition to the English versions we released a week and a half ago . You can download IE7 Beta 3 from the following locations: Arabic: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ar-xm/betadownload.mspx Finnish: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/fi-fi/betadownload.mspx German: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/de-de/betadownload.mspx Japanese: http://www.microsoft.com/japan/windows...
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    Upcoming HTTPS Improvements in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2

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    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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    A New IE Add-on Site

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    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 Microsoft.com, 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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    Supporting Web Standards Development with SuperPreview

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    This post is a guest post from Steve Guttman, of the Expression Web team. Expression Web has created an interesting tool, SuperPreview, which we thought the IE blog audience would be interested in. Internet Explorer 8 is an important release because it reconfirms Microsoft’s commitment to interoperability and renewed emphasis on Web Standards. My team—which develops the authoring tool, Expression Web—is also pretty emphatic about Web Standards. We’re in the process of doing significant tooling...
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    HTML5 Parsing in IE10

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    The Web is better when developers can use the same markup and same code across different browsers with the same results. The second platform preview of IE10 makes progress in this area by fully supporting the HTML5 parsing algorithm. This continues work we started in previous releases to improve IE’s HTML parser to make more HTML “just work” in the same way across browsers. Some key examples include supporting SVG-in-HTML, supporting HTML5 semantic elements, preserving the structure of unknown...
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    Enriching the Web Safely: How to Create Application Protocol Handlers

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    Over the past few days, we’ve gotten several questions from customers about how you can invoke third-party applications on Windows by specially-crafted URLs that invoke Application URL protocol handlers (Firefox’s “firefoxurl:” has been the most discussed example). I wanted to provide some additional context on the issue and clarify IE’s design. Custom URL handlers enable third party applications (such as streaming media players and internet telephony applications) to directly launch from within...
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    Developer Tools in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

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    In March I wrote about the Developer Tools in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and outlined three key benefits: Integrated and simple-to-use Provide a visual interface to the platform Enable fast experimentation Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 brings the Developer Tools closer to realizing the full potential of these benefits with significant improvements to existing features and new functionality meant to make you more productive. Profiling and Debugging JScript Beta 1 introduced a JScript...
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    IE Developer Center Refresh

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    We've just completed a redesign and refresh of the IE Developer Center on MSDN. The goal is to make it easier to find IE related developer content and even includes an updated photo of me with the neon blue 'e' behind me that you can find in the lobby of our building on the Redmond campus! We've worked to make some of the essential links such as reference material easier to find and we will be promoting different content on the front page regularly making it well worth visiting on a regular basis...
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    URLs in Internet Explorer 7

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    Internet Explorer 7 includes a new URL handling architecture known internally as CURI. The new optimized URI functions provide more secure and consistent parsing of URIs to reduce attack surface and mitigate the threat of malicious URIs. When designing our security strategy for IE7 , malicious URIs were near the top of the list because secure handling of URIs throughout IE is critical to the security of the system. Hence, a major architectural investment was made in CURI for IE7. Unlike most...
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    IE8 Performance

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    Hi! I’m Christian Stockwell, and I’m helping to improve Internet Explorer performance. In the past few months, each of the browser makers has made very similar claims around their performance: “Superior speed and performance”, “The fastest and most powerful Web browser available”, and “The fastest web browser on any platform.” In some fundamental way, I think the likeness of these statements is a by-product of the complexity inherent in performance measurement and analysis. Rather than join...
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    Why Isn't IE8 Passing Acid2?

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    Although we said that IE8 Beta 1 passes the ACID2 test , some of you may be seeing results like the image above; we thought we should explain what’s going on. IE8 passes the official ACID2 test hosted on http://www.webstandards.org/files/acid2/test.html . (Note, this seems to be a popular destination at the moment. You may have trouble reaching the site.)There are also a number of copies of this test around the net. One popular copy that I’ve seen of late is http://acid2.acidtests.org/ IE8 fails...
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    New Accessibility Features in IE8

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    Hi, my name is JP Gonzalez-Castellan and I’m the Accessibility Program Manager for IE8. The IE team has been working towards making IE8 the most accessible browser possible, and we wanted to detail some of the work we’ve done toward this end. In this post I will provide you with some background on Accessibility, I’ll cover new UI features (Caret Browsing, Find on Page, Adaptive Zoom , High DPI , etc) and also platform features (support for ARIA , support for IAccessibleEx , and support for additional...
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    IE7 Printing: An Experience You Won’t Want To Miss

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    In my previous post , I gave a glimpse of what to come in IE7 and printing. Now that the Beta 2 Preview build is publicly available I like to walk you through all the additions we added to printing and print preview. Internal studies showed that printing is the second most used feature after navigation in a browser and traditionally has not seen the respect it deserves. To address this IE7 focuses around 3 experiences: Having a great default print experience Intuitive UI, putting you...
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    Make printing work better with the Web

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    As promised , I want to talk today a little bit more about printing experience in IE7. Printing is after navigation/search one of the most used features but it still lacks the fidelity of like say a photo printing program. Why is that? Content for the Web is in general not designed for printing. If laid out at 100% it generally exceeds the space provided on the paper. In IE6, for example, you end up often with cut-off right margins. Another very common problem when printing for example...
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    Compatibility, or “Just Don’t Break My Site!”

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 We’ve had more than a few comments suggesting that IE works too hard at backwards compatibility, and we cater to those people who “don’t code their pages correctly”, or people who otherwise “didn’t do things the right way”. These comments frequently go on to suggest that we (the IE team) should use our market position to “force people to fix their broken stuff”. I’d like...
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    Sub-pixel Fonts in IE9

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    Internet Explorer 9 introduces sub-pixel ClearType® font positioning as part of its hardware-accelerated rendering of HTML5 content. With IE9 now in beta, we’re getting a lot of feedback and questions about this feature. The bulk of this post describes issues Web developers should be aware of. But first, since all Windows users can benefit by tuning ClearType for their display, let’s start there. Tuning ClearType For best results, you should tune ClearType for your particular...
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    Go Seahawks!

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 22 August 2012 Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on their awesome win yesterday and their first NFC championship! (The Seahawks are our local American football team.) We’re thrilled that the Seahawks are finally going to Super Bowl and can’t wait for the big game in two weeks. - Tony Chor
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    Fixing Reliability Issues in IE8

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    In a previous post , Andy wrote about some of the new features we introduced to improve reliability in Internet Explorer, such as Loosely Coupled IE and Automatic Crash Recovery. These features help minimize the impact of reliability issues (such as crashes and hangs) once our users encounter them, allowing them to return to their original browsing state as soon as possible. From an engineering perspective, our goal is to minimize the occurrences of these issues in the first place. In today’s...
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