Accelerator Creation Guide

IntroductionThere are a lot of really cool services out there, and I think a lot of them would fit in really well with Accelerators. But even though there’s a lot of value to be had in creating Accelerators, I don’t think we’ve ever had a blog post explaining a step-by-step process for how to do…

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Accelerator Platform on Windows 7

When designing Accelerators for IE8, we had a number of scenarios in mind. Primarily, we looked at the all-too-common user pattern of copy-navigate-paste and decided we could save our users a lot of time and frustration by enabling some sort of contextual interaction between content and services. For example, the classic example is mapping—the user…

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Accelerator Categories

The idea behind Accelerators has always been to reduce the distance between services and the end-user.  Ideally, we’d like people to be able to select content, very quickly find the service they want to use, and then preview or execute the output of that service easily. Because of that, we found it really important to…

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Accelerator Spotlight

Accelerators are a robust and customizable way of bringing you closer to the services you use most. We’ve said a lot about the technology behind Accelerators and how to build on it, but I thought it might be nice to step back for a minute and look at some of the things people have already…

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