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  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9: Wow, the Web is New Again

    Some of us have been around long enough to remember the Web in its infancy. It was an amazing time—and I'm experiencing some serious deja vu with the introduction of Internet Explorer 9. Have you seen Internet Explorer 9 ? You really must! Here's a little of what you'll find. True speed, realized. Internet...
  • Blog Post: Speed and performance: How Internet Explorer 9 makes for better browsing

    Is faster always better? With Internet Explorer 9, it would seem so—even when the speed in question isn't obvious. Case in point: Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take advantage of graphics processing power that used to go mostly unused by browsers. That means that now websites can perform...
  • Blog Post: The Best of Both Worlds—Sync IE and Outlook RSS Feeds

    In my last post I talked about how great it is to be able to use RSS feeds in Outlook. Well, it’s also great to use them in Internet Explorer, because there you can add a new feed quickly and view it directly from its website. You know what’s the greatest? Having both capabilities—synchronized...
  • Blog Post: Speed up common browsing tasks with Accelerators

    Copy. Change windows. Paste. Click. Repeat. Most of us follow this familiar routine hundreds of times a week, just to perform some common online task—such as looking up the meaning of an unfamiliar term or emailing helpful content to a colleague. It's almost automatic, if a little tedious. Wouldn't it...
  • Blog Post: Get there faster with Internet Explorer shortcuts

    There are those who will say that, when browsing the Internet, it's all about the journey. Whether that's true for you or you just want to get in and get back out with useful information, these keyboard shortcuts will help. Zoom: Ctrl + and -. Sometimes, the words and pictures are just a touch too small...
  • Blog Post: Top-secret Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts unmasked

    Simply because I can, I herewith expose little-known but potentially powerful forces at work—in this case, five keyboard shortcuts that could simplify or enrich all our lives. I leave it to the world to decide what to do with this declassified intelligence. + Tab: Desktop Cirque de Soleil . Hold down...
  • Blog Post: Keeping Internet Explorer at the top of its game

    Even the most gifted performers need a little help from their friends sometimes—even the multi-talented Internet Explorer. After all, IE has to do a lot of things, do them well, and do them quickly—no matter how many tabs we're running. If I had to do all that, I'd get a little breathless sometimes....
  • Blog Post: How Internet Explorer 9 helps you browse worry-free

    Stress is a fact of life, and I even read somewhere that a certain amount of it can be good for you. Internet Explorer 9, however, has no desire to raise your blood pressure or give you an ulcer. Instead, IE9 has a number of security and privacy features that take the worry out of browsing. Here's how...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Toolbars: It's wise to customize

    What kind of world would we have if everyone browsed the same way? No spice. No verve. Less joy. Luckily, Internet Explorer presents us all with an array of modern, tasteful, and—most importantly—customizable toolbars, designed to let each of us create an Internet workspace that fits like...
  • Blog Post: With Internet Explorer 9, sites take center stage

    The web has always been about the browser, yes? Browsers are our windows on the online world. And what everybody truly admires in a good window is... cleanliness. Clean is good on its own merit, but there's another view here. With Internet Explorer 9, being clean means delivering a truly unobstructed...
  • Blog Post: Browser tabs: A faster, easier way to plan the office picnic

    It's great to be having an office picnic... and really nice of you to volunteer to organize it. First, better find a venue— Bing will surely give you a fast head start. Firing up Internet Explorer, you quickly identify five park-like locations that could work. But which is best? You'd better bring up...
  • Blog Post: No rabbits needed: Pull these IE9 tricks out of your hat

    Here, presented for your entertainment (and for the benefit of anyone who values your productivity, organization, or creative flair), are five downright magical tricks built right into Internet Explorer 9. Stash these tricks up your sleeve or in your hat, then pull them out as needed—and treat yourself...
  • Blog Post: Whom do you trust? Internet Explorer can help you decide

    Like it or not, wariness is the watchword in cyberspace these days. There are just too many pranksters and other undesirable types who want our personal information, our money, or perhaps our signature on a Florida swampland deed of sale. Maybe all three. So, yes, be careful—but remember, the good guys...
  • Blog Post: Words to the Wise from Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter

    Our next "Interview" with a Windows feature! Celebrities are a common site around the Microsoft campus, and sometimes we can get them to stop and chat. Today we're rubbing elbows with the famous virtual bodyguard, Windows SmartScreen Filter . Mr. Filter looked across at me. "Who did you...