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Recommendations for Touch Friendly Sites

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 25, 2012

Though it really should have been done back in 2009 (the year Windows 7 was touting its touch screen support), Microsoft’s IE team has finally released their recommendations for building touch-friendly web sites.

New HTML Parsing Rules in IE 10

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 08, 2011

One of the major changes in HTML 5 was the introduction of standardized parsing rules for non-standard HTML, or more specifically, mal-formed HTML. Internet Explorer will start abiding by these new parsing rules in the recently released version 10, platform preview 2.

IE10 Platform Preview 2 Available

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 30, 2011

The IE team has announced Second Platform Preview for IE10. The Preview showcases new IE features like Positioned Floats, HTML5 SandBox, HTML5 Forms, setImmediate API, Page Visibility API, Async Scripts and more. It uses the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent Windows 8 demos.

What does “Native HTML5” Actually Mean?

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 13, 2011 1

At yesterday’s keynote Microsoft was proudly displaying their first platform preview of IE 10. Amongst all the crowing about its performance enhancements a bigger issue was missed. What do they really mean by “Native HTML5”? Is it really just about hardware acceleration? We don’t think so.

MIX Keynote 1 – Just the Highlights

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 12, 2011 3

The first keynote for MIX just concluded with lots of web-platform goodness including a new drop of ASP.NET MVC 3 that includes support for HTML 4 development and a preview of IE 10 running on an ARM processor. More updates from MIX will be available throughout the week.

Windows 7 Taskbar Integration for Websites

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 24, 2011

Microsoft’s is offering some of the same Windows 7 taskbar features to website developers that they offer to native application developers. Websites can be “pinned” by dragging them into the taskbar. Once there the website shows its own icon, tooltip, and jump list as if it were an installed application.

Microsoft IE 9 Released

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 15, 2011 1

Microsoft released IE9, its flagship internet browser, at the SxSW conference yesterday. This brings IE into closer alignment with current web browsers, as it introduces some level of HTML5 support and achieves a 95% pass rate on the Acid 3 tests.

HTML5 Labs–A Website for Prototyping New Web Technologies

by Abel Avram on  Dec 22, 2010 3

Microsoft has decided not to include emerging web technologies still under development in IE9, providing instead HTML5 Labs, a website for testing prototype technologies such as IndexedDB and WebSockets.

Adobe Launches Preview of 64-bit Flash Player with Hardware Accelerated Graphics in IE9

by Dio Synodinos on  Sep 17, 2010 5

Adobe has made available a preview of Adobe Flash player code-named “Square” that includes native 64-bit support for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It also includes enhanced support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Beta.

Where Does IE Spend Most Time When Loading a Page?

by Abel Avram on  Sep 07, 2010 4

Jason Weber, Lead Program Manager responsible for Internet Explorer Performance, has released some internal data showing where IE 8 spends most of its time while preparing a page then rendering it, suggesting what websites should be focusing on.

Last IE9 Platform Preview Available with Improved Performance and Standards Compliance

by Dio Synodinos on  Aug 07, 2010 1

Microsoft has released the fourth and last preview version of Internet Explorer 9, which features hardware acceleration, deep integration with the JS engine and has improvements in performance and adoption of standards like SVG, CSS, HTML5, etc.

Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3 Has Better HTML5 Support

by Abel Avram on  Jun 25, 2010

Internet Explorer Preview 3 comes with new HTML5 improvements, most notably being: audio, video and canvas, a faster JavaScript engine, more DOM and CSS features supported, support for embedded fonts, closing the HTML5 implementation gap with other browsers, and performing better in some areas due to hardware acceleration.

Microsoft’s HTML5 Compliance Test Results Are Disputed by Google, Mozilla, and Opera [UPDATED]

by Abel Avram on  Jun 10, 2010 4

Microsoft has posted the results for 192 tests grouped in 8 categories for HTML5, SVG 1.1, CSS3, and DOM Level 2&3 showing that IE9 Preview passes all of them with flying colors while Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari have mixed results varying from 0% to 100% depending on the category. The conclusion, that IE9 is the most compliant with W3C standards, is contested by Google, Mozilla, Opera.

Managed Extensions for Internet Explorer

by Jonathan Allen on  May 27, 2010

With .NET 4.0, writing reliable managed extensions for Internet Explorer has become possible. Unlike previous versions, each extension will run against the CLR it was compiled for instead of mindlessly grabbing the most recent version. Alas, COM interfaces are still needed.

Microsoft Tips the Scale in Favor of HTML 5 and H.264

by Abel Avram on  Apr 30, 2010 1

Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, has announced that IE9 will use only the H.264 standard to play HTML 5 video. Microsoft seems to have become very committed to HTML 5, while Flash loses even more ground. The announcement came the same day Steve Jobs detailed why Apple does not accept Flash on iPhone and iPad.

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