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    Flash Player 10.2 Beta Supports IE9’s Hardware Acceleration

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    Earlier this week, Adobe announced a beta release of Flash Player 10.2 that includes Internet Explorer 9 hardware-accelerated rendering support , previously previewed in Flash Player “Square.” Adobe writes , “we’ve seen significant improvements in Flash Player graphics performance—exceeding 35% in Internet Explorer 9 Beta compared to Flash Player running in previous versions of IE.” Other features of the new Flash Player 10.2 beta that mirror those...
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    More details on Pop-Up Blocking in XPSP2

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    There have been some questions about how pop-up blocking works in XPSP2 in the comments. Jeff Davis , one of the IE developers who worked on this feature in XPSP2, has put together a post ( http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archive/2004/08/25/220737.aspx ) that gives more details on what we consider a user initiated click. If you want to get better sense for how it works, please take a read through his latest entry - mouseDown + mouseUp = click . Thanks. Scott
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    The Year in Review: W3C Web Performance Working Group

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    Fast HTML5 Web applications benefit consumers who browse the Web and developers building innovative new experiences. Measuring performance characteristics of Web applications and writing efficient applications are two important aspects of making Web sites fast. Browser manufacturers can rapidly address developers’ needs through interoperable APIs when collaboratively partnering through the W3C. One year ago today, the W3C announced the formation of a Web Performance Working Group chartered...
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    Security Update for Windows Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language

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    Hi folks, this is Geoff again, IE Program Manager focused on security updates. A Windows Security Update was released today for a vulnerability in the Windows VML (vector markup language) component that can result in remote code execution. Although this is not an IE code vulnerability, we feel it is important to mention that IE can be used as an attack vector for the exploit. We strongly recommend that you visit Microsoft Update or Windows Update to check for this and any other critical security...
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    Reminder: SVG Open 2011 October 17-20

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    SVG Open 2011 , the 9th International Conference on Scalable Vector Graphics, is just over two weeks away. This year’s theme, “Where SVG Meets the Web,” underscores SVG’s inclusion in HTML5 and its growing importance on the Web. SVG is also the declarative vector graphics format for Windows 8 Metro style apps built using HTML . The conference is an annual showcase of SVG innovation bringing together the leaders who drive SVG forward. Microsoft is honored to host this year’s conference at our New...
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    Getting to SVG 2.0: A report from the SVG Working Group Face-to-Face (May 24th – June 1st 2010)

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    After months of conference calls, the most recent face to face meeting of the SVG Working Group helped us make progress on this web standard. The biggest ‘news’ from this meeting was the group’s decision to take the next step to finish the current SVG proposal – “SVG 1.1 2nd Edition” – and send it as a Proposed Recommendation to the W3C Advisory Committee for final endorsement. We also started more serious conversations about SVG 2.0. As the Web has advanced...
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    IE8: Nine Things You Didn't Know You Could Do

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    Our typical posts here are original information about the product from the people who built the product. This morning, I ran across a well-written article from PC Magazine with “some tips about features that you may not have noticed” in IE8. We try to post a lot of useful information on this site (e.g. Session Cookies, sessionStorage, and IE8 or “How can I log into two webmail accounts at the same time?” ) and it’s both exciting and humbling to see professional writers take it a step further....
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    Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 Release Candidate Now Available for Download

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    I previously blogged about the availability of the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0, a tool that can help you find potential compatibility issues, particularly for corporate IE departments. Since distribution of the beta download ended in October, I am excited to announce that the release candidate of ACT 5.0 is now available to download and can be used on XPSP2 with IE7 to help you find compatibility issues. You can find more about ACT 5.0 by visiting here . In addition to ACT 5.0, the IE7...
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    IE July Chat Transcript Online

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    The transcript from the July 13 th chat is now available online . The response to Beta 3 has been great and people are overall happy with the recent improvements. There were a bunch of us and we enjoyed answering the stream of questions as they poured in. You can find our chat schedule at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/chats/default.mspx . We typically hold the IE chats on the second Thursday of every month. Keep sending us your feedback and see you at the next chat! Cheers,...
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    HTML5 Audio and Video Improvements for Windows Phone 8.1

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    Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 adds new media features that greatly expand its support for HTML5 audio and video. Audio and video elements are now fully supported, including inline playback of video content, and adaptive streaming based on the latest Web specifications is supported as well. These new features provide Web site developers the tools they need to provide compelling media experiences, and make IE an ideal browser for mobile media applications. Support for HTML5 Audio Video...
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    IE at MIX06

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    One more MIX plug, since it’s coming up fast. The IE talks have been posted to the MIX06 session list now, including “The Future of IE” discussion session where we will present an overview of our direction for IE beyond IE7, and hold an open discussion to take your input to shape the future of IE. There’s also a breakout session led by myself titled “Open, De Jure, De Facto and Proprietary: Standards and Microsoft,” where I will lay out how HTML, Javascript, C#, XAML, XHTML, XML, SVG, and other standards...
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    Pending Comment Problem Fixed

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 The comments system for blogs.msdn.com was recently upgraded and the default was changed to block automatic posting of comments. I have changed it back, which means all comments should show up without having to be published and I also published any comments that were pending. Scott
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    Add-on Performance Part 3: Optimizing Add-on Startup Performance

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    In the first post of this series, we described how add-ons can decrease IE’s performance during tab creation. Many users with add-ons enabled have noticed a performance improvement when they open new tabs after disabling their add-ons. We also walked you through how to measure add-on performance and identify areas of impact using the Windows Performance Tools . In this post, we delve into methods and best practices developers can use to improve their add-ons’ start-up performance,...
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    September Chat Transcript Now Available

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    Hey all, Here’s the link to the transcript for the September Expert chat: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/chats/transcripts/06_0914_ez_ie.mspx . We will be holding another chat in November for those of you who couldn’t make this one. Information about our upcoming chats can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/chats/default.mspx Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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    Working with Pinned Sites

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    With Internet Explorer 9 Beta, you can pin a Web site to the Windows 7 taskbar the same way you pin Windows applications. Once pinned, you can launch Web sites directly—just like you launch other things in Windows 7. Pinning a site is as easy as dragging an IE9 tab to the Windows 7 taskbar. Previously, Web sites didn’t have a direct presence on the PC desktop and you had to effectively “boot twice”—once for the operating system and once for the browser—to get...
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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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    W3C Charters Pointer Events Working Group

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    Following Microsoft’s submission of the Pointer Events specification , the W3C announced Friday the launch of the Pointer Events Working Group . The group intends to use Microsoft's proposal, based on the APIs available today in IE10 on Windows 8, as the starting point for a Recommendation track specification, an important step towards interoperable support on the Web. In their announcement, the W3C said, “enabling content creators to use a single [pointer] model for different input types will make...
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    IE8 videos on Channel 9

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    Myself as well as some other people from the team recently sat down with Charles Torre from Channel 9 to talk about IE8. We thought you might enjoy these: Accelerators with Jon Seitel Developer Tools with John Hrvatin Search with Sharon Cohen Web Slices with Jane Kim You can check out all the IE8 related videos on Channel 9 here . There are also some interesting IE8 “How Do I” videos on MSDN. Thanks! Sharon Cohen Program Manager
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    CSS 2.1 Complete: Unblocking Faster Web Standards Progress

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    Web technologies across the board can make faster and better progress now that the CSS 2.1 specification is a final, completed standard and published as a Recommendation. First, finishing CSS 2.1 unblocks faster progress moving the Web forward with the rest of CSS and other important technologies in the broader W3C HTML5 family. Even more important, the lessons from CSS 2.1 raise expectations for measuring and improving the actual interoperability of Web standards. Because CSS 2.1 has been “mostly...
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    April Chat with IE Team

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    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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    W3C Web Performance Workshop

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    The W3C Web Performance Working Group is looking for new use cases and performance issues to solve in its next chartered period. To that effect, the Working Group is holding a public workshop on November 8, 2012, in Mountain View, CA where performance experts and Web developers are invited to present ideas and discuss current challenges. Statements of interest will be the basis of the discussion at the Workshop and must be submitted by October 29th to this mailing list . Fast HTML5 Web applications...
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    How We Evaluate the Experiences We Engineer

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    How do you know when an experience is ready for consumers? This is something we ask ourselves all the time. In this post, we’ll cover how we set our experience goals for IE9 and how we measured (and continue to measure) our progress toward these goals throughout the development cycle. We set experience goals for all of the products we ship. These goals are at the product and “experience” (i.e., a meaningful unit of experience for people, not at the feature level) levels of analysis...
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    September IE Expert Zone Chat

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    Just wanted to remind everyone that the IE team will be having our Expert Zone chat on Thursday September 14 th at 10.00AM PDT (5.00PM GMT). We’ll also post the transcript shortly after the chat for those of you who can’t make it. Cheers, Uche Enuha Program Manager
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    Avenues of Support for IE

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    I have noticed going through the comments for our entries, that some people have started posting comments that are specific asks for help with IE issues. This blog is not focused on being a support forum, but we will try to help people as we can. If you are looking for more expedient and focused help please see the Microsoft Internet Explorer Support page - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/support/default.mspx . Also please use the Contact link ( http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/contact.aspx ) as mechanism...
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    Enhanced Protection with IE9’s SmartScreen Filter

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    A new research report from independent information-security research and testing organization NSS Labs shows that Internet Explorer 9 Beta protects the user from 99% of socially-engineered malware downloads. According to NSS Labs, “ With a unique URL blocking score of 94% and over-time protection rating of 99%, Internet Explorer 9 was by far the best at protecting users against socially-engineered malware. ” The following graph compares the protection offered by various browsers against socially...
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