Braindump: ActiveX in Windows 8

Note: The “brain dump” series is akin to what the support.microsoft.com team calls “Fast Publish” articles—namely, things that are published quickly, without the usual level of polish, triple-checking, etc. I expect that these posts will contain errors, but I also expect them to be mostly correct. I’m writing these up this way now because they’ve…

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Understanding Enhanced Protected Mode

Last week, Andy Zeigler announced the introduction of Enhanced Protected Mode (EPM) over on the IEBlog. In today’s post, I’d like to provide further technical details about EPM to help security researchers, IT professionals, enthusiasts, and developers better understand how this feature works and what impact it may have on scenarios they care about. Internet…

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Why doesn’t Flash/Silverlight work in my .NET Application?

Over the past few months, I’ve run across a number of developers who have reported problems where their .NET application fails to render Flash or Silverlight content within a Web Browser Control. The most common reason for this problem is that .NET, by default, compiles with a target of AnyCPU, which means that your application…

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My Favorite IE Add-on: Ralph Hare’s Mouse Gestures

Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time dealing with problems users encounter when using Internet Explorer. As a result, when I write about add-ons, I’m usually talking about misbehaving code that is wrecking the browser. However, it’s not all doom-and-gloom out there, and I’m delighted to spend this beautifully sunny Seattle afternoon sharing my favorite…

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Q&A: 64-Bit Internet Explorer

From time to time, folks ask a variety of questions about 64bit IE.  I hope to answer the most common questions here. NEW: Internet Explorer 10+ uses x64 in a fundamentally different way than IE7, IE8, and IE9, the versions for which the post below was written. By default, IE10+’s frame/manager process runs at 64bit,…

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