//build 2013 – Day 2 Keynote

Following the //build day 1 keynote, there was also a keynote on the second day of the //build conference 2013.  In case you missed it, all session recordings will be available at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013. The Day 2 Keynote recording is at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-002.  The keynote was primarily Windows Azure, web, and Visual Studio.     Visual Studio and…

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"Technology and Friends” webcast on IE Pinned Sites

The great David Giard asked me to be a guest on his webcast Technology and Friends.  I spoke on Internet Explorer pinned sites.  This episode is available online, and it was also shown on Ann Arbor’s Channel 17 TV!  The episode was really fun to record…we were in an actual television studio with 3 different…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 10: Pinned Site Resources

I like to close a blog post series with a list of resources for further exploration. In that spirit, here’s some great info on site pinning and Internet Explorer.  Internet Explorer Sites These websites showcase everything that the latest version of IE can do.  You can also download IE from these sites.  http://ietestdrive.com/ http://beautyoftheweb.com/ Development…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 9: Patterns to make your pinned site code play nice in all browsers

In the last 4 blog posts, I’ve demonstrated using JavaScript to create various experiences in your pinned site (dynamic Jump List categories, overlay icons, thumbnail toolbar buttons, and flashing taskbar buttons).  You may have been wondering if this JavaScript would play nicely in a browser other than Internet Explorer 9.  Fair question!  In this post,…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 8: How to implement a Flashing Taskbar Button

You have probably seen flashing taskbar buttons before.  Perhaps you have an instant messaging program which flashes the taskbar button when a new message comes in?  Flashing taskbar buttons are used to signal users that their attention or interaction is needed.  Pinned sites can make their taskbar buttons flash as well.  To flash the pinned…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 7: How to implement Thumbnail Toolbar Buttons

When you hover the mouse over a Taskbar button of a running application or website, a “thumbnail” pops up.  This is a little image of the running window.  With pinned sites, you can create thumbnail toolbar buttons, which are small buttons that will display directly under the thumbnail in that popup.  Here is one example,…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 6: How to implement Overlay Icons

Today, we’ll dive into how to implement overlay icons in your pinned site.  Overlay icons are used to surface notifications or status to the user.  When you pin a site to the Taskbar, remember that it is now always available in your Taskbar.  While the pinned site is running, it has the ability to display…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 5: How to implement dynamic Jump List Categories

Remember how in an earlier post, I mentioned that there were two parts to the msSiteMode API to integrate pinned sites with the Windows 7 taskbar: some things were implemented in HTML and would apply to anyone visiting the website, and some things were implemented in JavaScript and were dynamic or specific to an individual…

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IE Pinned Sites Part 4: How to implement Jump List Tasks

In yesterday’s post, we saw how to implement site properties in pinned sites.  Today, we will learn to implement Jump List Tasks, which (like the site properties that we looked at yesterday) will apply to anyone who visits the site.  Jump List Tasks are implemented using meta tags in the head block of your HTML. …

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IE Pinned Sites Part 3: How to implement basic site properties

Now that you have the background on what pinned sites are and why they’re useful, let’s start looking at some code!  I previously mentioned that web developers can use the msSiteMode APIs to integrate pinned sites with the Windows 7 Taskbar.  These APIs are divided into two groups: Site properties which apply to any user…

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