IE test VMs on modern.IE get a refresh

To help web developers test versions of Internet Explorer more easily, we’ve had a suite of virtual machines available on modern.IE since January of 2013. Today we released another refresh of the VMs to incorporate feedback and to update the base Windows versions. The changes we’ve made with build 20141027 include: We now use IE blocker…

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What’s new in F12 with Windows 8.1 Update

We are excited to announce a set of substantial updates to the developer tools in IE, (F12) as well as in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. The updates in F12 accompany the new releases in IE11. Previously, we described the capabilities of F12, and its focus on a fast, iterative workflow, on providing accurate data…

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Enhanced Rich Editing Experiences in IE11

With Internet Explorer 11, Web-based applications and sites can offer rich editing experiences enabling users to easily capture and share data. Online and cloud-based content creation scenarios, such as e-mail and Web-based document editing—including Office 365, rely on the contentEditable feature of HTML5. With IE11, users can now paste images from a variety of input…

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Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings

When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with…

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Add-ons, and Opting out of Google Analytics Without Them

Recently, Google made available the “Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.” This add-on enables consumers to “indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.” We agree that making it easy for consumers to protect their privacy is good, and Internet Explorer offers a variety of features to help keep you…

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IE9 Developer Tools: Network Tab

At MIX 10 we released the IE9 Platform Preview and showed some of the included developer tools. You can access these tools by pressing F12, or click Developer Tools on the Debug menu when you use the Platform Preview. The developer tools include some new capabilities and improvements over the tools in IE8: A new…

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CSS Crunch: new IE Extension for developers

There are many tools in the market that allow you to customize your pages’ cascading style sheets (CSS), but there are actually a very few that do the opposite—scan for all the CSS rules in the document and remove those that are not used. Cleaning out the CSS will not only reduce the bandwidth impact,…

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Supporting Web Standards Development with SuperPreview

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…

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Guidelines for add-on developers

It’s well understood that the typical computer users today spend much of their time in their web browser, making it the most important software on their computer.  Users expect their browsers to be easy to use, fast, stable and secure. Over the past few months, users have downloaded thousands of great browser add-ons from www.ieaddons.com…

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Preventing Operation Aborted Scenarios

This post follows up on my original Operation Aborted post to provide some additional information and assistance for web site owners or 3rd party script libraries. Recap Nearly a year-and-a-half ago, I blogged about an error that can occur on some websites that generate content via script. This content can cause Internet Explorer’s HTML parser…

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