During Build developer conference last month, Microsoft announced the launch of beta version of status.modern.ie which included a first peek at features in development for the next version of Internet Explorer. Today, they announced the launch of final version of Status.ie with new features. Also, they have open sourced the status.ie development, Open Sourced – the data in status.modern.IE is useful for many purposes and many developers have expressed an interest in contributing to the project. Starting today, the entire site (including the data that backs it) is available on GitHub under the Apache V2 license. We also expose the IE support data as a service, provided under the Creative Commons Attribution v2 license. Check out our Readme for more. Improved Search & Filter – we heard the feedback that the Web platform is vast and finding the features you care about was a bit tricky in the original beta ...

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Well known Microsoft observer Dr. Pizza (Peter Bright) has written an editorial criticizing Microsoft’s decision to patch IE on Windows XP. The decision to release this patch is a mistake, and the rationale for doing so is inadequate. A one-off patch of this kind makes no meaningful difference to the security of a platform. Internet Explorer received security patches in 11 of the last 12 Patch Tuesdays. Other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox receive security updates on a comparable frequency. The security of a browser is not contingent on any one bugfix; it’s dependent on a continuous delivery of patches, fixes, and improvements. One-off “exceptions” do not make Internet Explorer on Windows XP “safe.” There’s no sense in which this patch means that all of a sudden it’s now “OK” to use Internet Explorer on Windows XP. And yet it seems inevitable that this is precisely how it will ...

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Over $400,000 has already been given away at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest where the world’s most popular browsers are exploited for cash prizes.  An item which has been getting very little media attention is a $150,000 prize for exploiting Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11 running on 64-bit Windows 8.1, with the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) turned on is still unclaimed. On the other hand, Google Chrome has been exploited twice, and a handful of exploits for Mozilla Firefox were also shown off.  Internet Explorer was successfully exploited once without EMET turned on. Source: @jmanici ...

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NetApplications released their latest data on worldwide web browser market share. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser lost 0.02 percentage points (from 58.21 percent to 58.19 percent) market share worldwide. IN January, Internet Explorer 11 passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. In Feb, IE11 continued to show its strong growth with an additional 1.29%, up from 11.51% to 12.80%. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.73% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 17% web browser market share in February. via: TNW ...

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Microsoft has added IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines now available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions. The Redmond software giant also updated all of the virtual machines based on feedback from the community. Among the changes the company made to the refreshed images are: Windows update set to off by default to avoid the VMs with older versions of IE updating themselves automatically to the newest version for that operating system Resealed the images to have the longest expiration of the evaluation period allowed Brought answers to frequently asked questions right inside Windows on the desktop background Instituted a VM build version system and have the home page set to visit modern.IE to check for updates to the VMs For reference, IE6-11 testing virtual machines are available on the following platforms and virtualization technologies: 1. Windows a. ...

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The Internet Explorer team has announced a partnership with Red Bull Media House to bring an immersive freeride mountain biking experience to the web in IE11. The site is part of Red Bull’s ultimate freeride downhill mountain bike contest, Rampage, which took place on October 11-13 in the Southern Utah desert. The event was live streamed over the weekend, allowing users to vote for the winner. The IE team has updated the Rampage site with a beautiful and immersive experience that delivers all of the top highlights from Red Bull Rampage. The site showcases a 3D map of the downhill course, rider bios, videos from the most epic runs, and a “behind the scenes” video. The Red Bull Rampage site takes advantage of the latest web standards like HTML5 and WebGL, demonstrating the real-world possibilities for 3D graphics and providing a great example of what’s possible in a modern browser ...

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The IE team along with independent developer Dan Church and Pixel Labs have created a web version of the classic Windows 95 game Hover.  The IE team hopes this demostrates the full capabilities of IE11 and creates more possibilities for web developers. Like the original version, Hover works with a keyboard – but it’s even more exciting with the touch controls we’ve added, especially on a tablet running Windows 8.1. IE11 was designed from the ground up for touch – giving it extremely accurate touch responsiveness and optimization and providing you with a fluid and immersive experience. Its stick to your finger responsiveness makes touch fast and easy to use, making the game even more fun to play! The game has been updated slightly with some new features Dan personally built all the game play while taking special care to keep the feel of the original game in the updated ...

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In partnership with appendTo and Sauce Labs Microsoft has introduced BrowserSwarm, an open source tool that helps Web developers automate testing of their JavaScript frameworks and libraries across devices and browsers.  This is especially helpful to developers who are resource limited in building great, interoperable frameworks.  This is a second such project by Microsoft, the first being modern.IE. If you are interested in helping grow BrowserSwarm: More projects – Add yours to BrowserSwarm here. More test cases – Contribute new Unit Test Frameworks or Test Cases to run. More places you store your code – We have connected BrowserSwarm to GitHub, but you can connect it to your own repository. The team is also hoping that you share your feedback and ideas on how they might improve BrowserSwarm. Source: IE Blog ...

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Adblockplus.org has released their Adblock Plus plugin for Internet Explorer users. While this is not a fully featured version, it is compatible to any Internet Explorer version down to Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP. There are few limitations as well. Adblock Plus currently doesn’t support Enhanced Protected Mode of Internet Explorer 10, we expect that to be resolved in a follow-up release soon. Metro mode Internet Explorer in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer in Windows RT currently cannot be supported, these are locked down environments that don’t allow any extensions. While plugins like this won’t support sites like us which depends on advertising revenue, you can however make use of it in against some annoying ads like YouTube video ads. Read more about it here. ...

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Yesterday interns from the IE team took to the road to bring free treats to the developers of San Francisco. With help from the great team at Kara’s Cupcakes, the interns drove through the city, handing out free cupcakes and spreading the word that with the free tools available at modern.IE. The idea being developing for IE is now a piece of cake. The interns held discussions with developers about the challenges that developers face in building for the modern web and how modern.IE can help. There was a lot of developer enthusiasm for the new F12 developer tools in IE11. The interns even visited Mozilla and Google. There could be more #CakeOut visits to come from the IE team in the future. Source: Exploring IE ...

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Microsoft has launched a new program for web developers called userAgents.IE. The Internet Explorer userAgent community is a developer formed community supported by the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. This community aims to recognize, support, and connect passionate web developers to raise awareness of web standards IE userAgents are part of a community composed of like-minded individuals who have experience with Internet Explorer, but — more importantly — have experience servicing all users regardless of the device or browser they may choose to use. One of our main objectives in this community is to raise awareness of cross-browser coding best practices that will help developers create interoperable web experiences that work great across all platforms and browsers, including old and modern versions of Internet Explorer. The userAgent community is open to anyone passionate, but currently the participation in the program is by invitation only. You can apply, click on the “apply” button on the About page and complete the online ...

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Microsoft drew a hard line in the sand with enabling “Do Not Track” by default on Internet Explorer.  While this was good for consumers, websites have to honor the Do Not Track request and many sites refused to after IE enabled it by default.  You may be glad to know that Microsoft-News honors all of your do not track requests, we are committed to not scroogling you. Today Microsoft is introducing user-granted exceptions to Do Not Track requests.  This allows users to specify certain websites to track them, allowing certains websites to make more money and users to continue to receive content for free. Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch reports: As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, Microsoft has included improvements to our support of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Do Not Track (DNT) effort in the Windows 8.1 Preview released at Microsoft’s Build confrence last week. ...

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Internet Explorer (IE) is not as friendly to add-ons as Chrome and Firefox are, and in fact the Metro version of IE does not support add-ons at all, but Ad-block plus is finally available, in preview form, for IE with limited functionality.  IE does have its own built in ad-blocking with Tracking Protection Lists, but ad-block plus does provide a little more functionality. From their blog post: You will have to choose a different installation package depending on whether you are running 64 bit Windows or not. The goal is to have a single installer of course that will choose the installation package automatically but we don’t have it working correctly yet. The development builds will update automatically but the update experience is far from being great. The user interface is suboptimal and chances are that the updater will ask you to restart Windows — sorry about that. Our primary goal was to make ...

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The browser wars are back on and Microsoft has been making significant gains. Net Applications released their monthly report yesterday. Internet Explorer’s total marketshare is nearly 56% now and between April and May the browser gained 0.18 percentage points.  In the same time period Firefox has gained 0.33 percentage points to 20.63 percent.  Chrome has lost 0.61 percentage points and now only commands 15.74 of browser marketshare.  I am going to skip over Opera and Safari. With Microsoft pushing IE10 through Windows Update on Windows 7, IE10 marketshare has been surging.  IE10 has gained 3.24% while IE9 lost 2.78%.  I’m sure you’ll see a couple blogs with the headline “IE9 loses marketshare.” IE8 remains the world’s most popular browser on Windows XP with 22.99%, dipping .09 percentage points.  Windows XP users cannot upgrade past IE8, and really should upgrade their OS with XP nearing end of life.  IE10 is now ...

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At this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 team presented a video for saying thanks to web developers  for everything they  have done. If you are an web developer/engineer, you need to watch this for sure. There are presentations that leave you daydreaming about a warm bed and a good book. Then there are presentations like this… www.modern.ie Filmed at this year’s Developer Conference (DevCon1), web developer Ted Knealey gets more than a little carried away as he explains the impact his profession has had on the world today. And why not? After all, it’s not the browser that makes the web brilliant. It’s you. via: istartedsomething Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling Adobe Flash content to run by default in Internet Explorer both in Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Microsoft believes that the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. Also the existing Compatibility View (CV) list now takes the opposite role, it now blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience. Windows 8 Windows RT Immersive IE Enabled unless on CV list Enabled unless on CV list Desktop IE Enabled for all sites Enabled unless on CV list Source: Microsoft ...

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