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    Speed and Mobility: An Approach for HTTP 2.0 to Make Mobile Apps and the Web Faster

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    This week begins face to face meetings at the IETF on how to approach HTTP 2.0 and improve the Internet. How the industry moves forward together on the next version of HTTP – how every application and service on the Web communicates today – can have a positive impact on user experience, operational and environmental costs, and even the battery life of the devices you carry around. As part of this discussion of HTTP 2.0, Microsoft will submit to the IETF a proposal for “HTTP Speed...
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    March Chat with the IE Team

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    On Thursday March 9 th at 10:00AM PST it will be time for the monthly Expert Zone Chat with the IE team. Members of the Internet Explorer team will be present to discuss the product and answer your questions. These chats are always a lot of fun with team members typing answers furiously to keep pace with the incoming questions. As always we’ll publish a transcript of the chat later for those unable to attend. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks - Dave
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    Phoiling Phishing at WWW2006

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    If you’re at the WWW2006 conference here in beautiful Edinburgh Scotland, you’ve probably seen a number of great presentations already such as yesterday’s discussion on Identity Management featuring Kim Cameron from the Infocard team. Today (Friday) I’m sitting on a panel called Phoiling Phishing hosted by Harvard Researcher Rachna Dhamija , where we’ll focus more specifically on the issue of Phishing and techniques browsers can implement to “phoil” the attacks. I hope you’ll come to discuss if you...
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    IE December Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for December 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates for all Microsoft products. This update addresses four remote code execution vulnerabilities. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Internet Explorer validates...
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    Announcing Enterprise Site Discovery support on IE8, IE9, IE10 and new privacy enhancements

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    Rumors of Internet Explorer’s demise have been greatly exaggerated! We encourage all of our customers to stay up-to-date on the latest version of Internet Explorer and we are continuing to make it easier to upgrade than ever before. Today, we’re announcing two new updates to Enterprise Site Discovery as part of the March 2015 Update : IE8, IE9, and IE10 support and enhanced privacy options. The original feature shipped in November 2014 on IE11 , allowing IT Pros to discover which of...
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    Internet Explorer 9 Security Part 2: Protection from Socially Engineered Attacks

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    As Eric introduced in his post earlier this week, Internet Explorer offers layered defenses to protect against and mitigate each of three major classes of threats that browser users face when surfing the sometimes-hostile Web: Technological attacks designed to exploit the browser or operating system Web attacks designed to exploit vulnerabilities in Web sites Social engineering attacks against the user’s trust Today’s post discusses how IE8 and IE9 can help protect users from the third class of attacks...
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    More Thoughts on Measuring Anti-Phishing Accuracy

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    Some of you may have seen stories comparing IE7’s anti-phishing accuracy with our competitors, citing different studies than the one I blogged about earlier that showed IE7’s Phishing Filter had the best overall accuracy. Paul Robichaux, from 3Sharp (the company that ran the study I cited), provides his initial take on this other study here . Tony Chor Group Program Manager
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    Project Spartan now available in the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

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    As Gabe just announced on the Windows Blog , the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build for phones is now available. With it, we are delighted to announce that Project Spartan for Windows phones is available to preview in this build. It's been just over a week since Project Spartan was available in the last desktop flight, and the feedback we've received has been tremendous—both the kudos and many ways we can improve. We are humbled that so many people have taken the time to send thousands...
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    Add-ons: Detecting and Displaying Add-on Version Numbers

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    In the past months we worked with add-on developers to release new versions of their add-ons that follow IE’s guidelines and requirements for add-on development. We used the Upgrade Advisor to help update their users to the new versions. Some add-on vendors asked how IE determines and displays an add-on’s version. This post answers this question so that all add-on developers can design their versioning schemes to be compatible with IE features such as Manage Add-ons and the Upgrade Advisor. There...
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    Meet Some of the IE7 Team

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    Last week Channel 9 , with camera in tow, paid a visit to the IE Team. In the first video I talk far too long at the start before we walk the hallways and meet a few members of the team. In the second video we chat with Max Stevens on user experience. The third video is with the RSS team where we discuss the new RSS support in IE7. In the final video we meet Eric Lawrence and Katya Sedova and discuss networking. As you can tell from the videos we had a lot of fun doing them and hope to have the Channel...
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    Welcome 2010!

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-008 - Critical

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    Today, we are releasing an out-of-band security update to fully address the issue described in Security Advisory 2794220 . While we have still seen only a limited number of customers affected by the issue, the potential exists that more customers could be affected in the future. This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet...
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    Rely on Declarative Security Features in the Browser

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    Cutting edge web applications push the boundaries of the web development model. In the security space, this raises an interesting question – who owns security for a web application built on a complex platform hierarchy? Is it the application at the top of the stack, the intermediate platform component, or the browser itself? We believe that web application security is a shared responsibility between the browser client, web platform components (such as ASP.Net), and web applications themselves...
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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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    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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    October 2014 updates and a preview of changes to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking

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    This post describes the October updates for Internet Explorer that we are releasing today and provides a preview of updates to out-of-date ActiveX control blocking coming in November 2014. October Updates Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-056 - This critical security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  For more information see the full bulletin . Security Update for Flash Player (3001237) - This security...
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    Internet Explorer Expert Zone Chat

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date. —IEBlog Editor, 20 August 2012 On Thursday Jan 13th at 10:00AM PST we’ll be holding our regular monthly Internet Explorer chat with team members. See http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsXP/expertzone/chats/default.mspx for details. The focus of this chat will be currently supported versions of Internet Explorer and is an opportunity to interact with members of the product team getting assistance and giving feedback. We will not be discussing...
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    New info on IE ActiveX update

    For new information on the IE ActiveX Update, please see Mike Nash’s announcement . Due to the sensitive nature of this issue, we are not taking comments on this post. Thanks for your understanding. - Tony Chor
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    ActiveX Filtering for Developers

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    When we introduced ActiveX Filtering with the IE9 Release Candidate, we focused on delivering a great user experience that stays out of the way from regular browsing and makes it easy for users to turn off filtering when they want to. At the same time, we want users to have a great experience viewing Web sites while ActiveX Filtering is enabled. This includes minimizing site compatibility issues and clearly indicating when content on a Web page is blocked by ActiveX Filtering. ...
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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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    Getting Ready for SVG Open

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    I recently demonstrated Test Driving Modern SVG using the SVG Dice sample currently on the Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive site . While building this sample, I learned that both performance and interoperability for SVG are a subtle continuum and are not binary. This point resonated with me so much that I modified my presentation for this week’s SVG Open Conference entitled “ The Future of SVG and HTML5 ” to include methods by which the SVG developer community can rally around to...
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    Updated Documentation on Controlling Security Restrictions

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    The information published in this post is now out-of-date and one or more links are invalid. —IEBlog Editor, 21 August 2012 Our documentation team has just completed updating our documentation covering how administrators and developers can control certain features. This includes the following articles: About Zone Elevation Introduction to Feature Controls About URL Security Zone Templates These documents are useful in understanding the security work undertaken in Windows XP SP2...
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    IE Team Chat Schedule

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    After a great turnout this year, we are continuing our monthly online Expert Zone chats with the IE Team in 2009. Here is our schedule for the first half of next year: January 22 nd February 19 th March 19 th April 23 rd May 21 st June 18 th All our chats start at 10.00 PST/18.00 UTC. These chats are a great opportunity to have your questions answered and hear from members of the IE product team. In case you miss the chat, a transcript will be published afterward and available...
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    IE October Security Update Now Available

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    The IE Cumulative Security Update for October 2008 is now available via Windows Update . Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update . I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already to ensure that you receive the latest updates for all Microsoft products. This update addresses six vulnerabilities. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Internet Explorer handles the error resulting...
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    Exploring ECMAScript 5 with a Simple Game of Poker

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    Support for ECMAScript 5, the updated standard of the language commonly known as JavaScript, is part of our promise to ensure that the same markup and same script works across browsers. Over the past few months we’ve devoted more than a few blog posts to the topic including: ECMAScript 5: Reusable code ECMAScript 5: Arrays Extras IE9’s Document Modes and JavaScript With the IE9 RC, we released another Test Drive demo to explore the full benefits of ECMAScript 5 available in IE9. This game of Texas...
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