Why Do I See Different Blue Enterprise Mode IE Indicators Next to the Address Bar?

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Enterprise mode text

If Enterprise Mode IE (EmIE) is enabled, you should see a blue box with buildings next to the address bar. On some hardware, you may see a blue box with white EmIE text. The behavior depends on your display settings.  The “EmIE” text is a fallback if there isn’t an acceptable icon resource for your…

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Internet Explorer 11 Migration Quick Start

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IE Logo

On Jan 12, 2016, IE11 will be the only supported version of IE on the most Windows versions. In this post, I will cover the essentials to jumpstart your migration. There are three main areas to plan for when you migrate: deployment, configuration, and compatibility. Deployment There are several ways to deploy IE.  Choose the…

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Controlling WebBrowser Control Compatibility

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IE Logo

If you have a embedded browser in your Windows application, you may be encountering a rendering or some other kind of compatibility issue with the content you are trying to display. In this post, I’ll talk about some options to try to fix those issues. The web browser control is known by many names: WebBrowser…

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How do I Test Internet Explorer 10 Touch Behavior Without a Touch Device?

For browsing, IE 10 provides a great touch experience with the Metro style browser. If you don’t have touch enabled hardware available, here’s a quick way to simulate touch behavior to test your site. Visual Studio Simulator Visual Studio Express 2012 is designed for writing Metro Style apps. It includes a very nice “slate” simulator….

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Solving Compatibility Issues with Internet Explorer 8’s Built-in Developer Tools

IE8 has some outstanding developer tools built-in and can be accessed by pressing F12. If you happen to be viewing this in IE8, go ahead and press F12 now. After pressing F12, you may be really excited and have stopped reading this or you may be wondering how this could help you. I’ll cover some…

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Getting Started with IE8 Compatibility

I frequently get asked about IE8 compatibility.  I usually point people to the IE8 Readiness Toolkit’s developer section.  This is a good resource but there are various topics and resources that I’d like to summarize in this post. Three Browsers for the Price of One If you’re in the browser business, you need to balance…

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Questions from the Developer Booth at TechEd Europe 2009

I had the opportunity to go to Berlin for TechEd Europe 2009.  I delivered a presentation on Application Compatibility and the rest of the time I hung out in the “Test your app on Win 7” and “Win 7 Developer drop in center”. I got some great questions from attendees.  I thought I’d blog some…

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Windows 7 Application Compatibility Testing Guidance document

If you have an existing application, you may be wondering if it’s going to work on Windows 7.  If it works on Vista, you have a good shot at it working on Windows 7. As a developer or a tester, you may be wondering if you have tested your application to uncover potential issues on…

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