Hot off the Press: CodeFocus on IE8!

In preparation for the Professional Developers Conference, the IE team recently authored some articles for a special issue of Code Focus magazine.  The articles cover everything from cross-version compatibility to performance, and include new sample code. You can read the articles online at the following locations: Welcome to CoDe Focus for Internet Explorer 8! What’s…


More on Internet Explorer 8 and IP Licensing

When Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 launched in March, I wrote a post describing the permissive intellectual property licensing approaches we took for components of that release, such as Creative Commons licenses for copyrights in selected specs and the Microsoft Open Specification Promise (“OSP”) for implementations of those specs.  Now with the launch of Beta…


Ending Expressions

Design criteria such as standard compliance, performance, reliability and security framed the design of IE8 as whole, for new as well as existing features. As a result, CSS expressions are no longer supported in IE8 standards mode. This change was announced previously on the IE blog, however, this post will provide a few more details…


IE October Security Update Now Available

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…


October Chat with the IE Team on Thursday

Join members of the Internet Explorer team for an Expert Zone chat next Thursday, October 16th at 10.00 PDT/17.00 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 to date! If you can’t join us online,…


Updates for AJAX in IE8 Beta 2

Sunava Dutta here, a program manager focused on improving AJAX in the browser! Now that Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is out, I want to write about some of the latest rounds of enhancements we’ve made. As many of you may recall, back in March we discussed a set of developer experiences in AJAX across…


IE8 Group Policy

Hi. In previous posts I talked about the IE8 IEAK and new event logging for IE8 in the Application Compatibility Toolkit. Today, I’m going to discuss the improvements we made to Group Policy support for Internet Explorer 8. Background For those of you who might be new to Group Policy, here is a quick background….


IE8 Tab Grouping

Hi, my name is Helen Drislane, I am a program manager on the IE team responsible for some of the user interface including tabs and I‘m going to discuss the new Tab Grouping feature (tab color!) with you. We had a lot of fun putting this feature together, so I am going to explain a…


Statistical Validation of the IE8 XSS Filter

Greetings, I’m Russ McRee of Microsoft’s Online Services Security & Compliance Incident Management team. My team serves as incident handlers for the various types of attacks our online services face. High on the list of incidents we handle are cross-site scripting attacks.  There’s an unfortunate misconception surrounding cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks that result in them…


Application Compatibility Logging in IE8

The latest Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) release, ACT 5.0.5428.1080 is publicly available and can be downloaded here. To give you some background, ACT helps customers understand their application compatibility situation by helping identify which applications are compatible with Vista, IE7, and IE8 and which require further testing. ACT allows compatibility data to be uploaded from…