Google announces Summer of Code results Drupal gets 20 projects!!

April 28th, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that Google will be sponsoring 20 Drupal projects for Summer of Code 2011. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Google, who are investing over $110,000 in the Drupal project. As always, we had many more projects that we would have liked to accept than we were able…

IE9 Compat Inspector

April 27th, 2011

With IE9 now released, we want you to serve IE the same markup as you do for other browsers, and make sure your site works great running in IE9 standards mode. We recently blogged about preparing your site for IE9, and you can check out the Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility Cookbook for lists of changes…

Drupal Usability Testing: We need your help!

April 27th, 2011

During the Drupal 7 release cycle we had two usability tests, one at the University of Minnesota and one at the University of Baltimore. These tests helped us understand the fundamental issues that Drupal site-builders face and set the direction for many of the major usability improvements in Drupal 7. These tests also triggered a…

Everybody’s talking (and translating) with Chrome

April 27th, 2011

Today, we’re excited to make a nifty feature widely available in today’s new Chrome stable release: speech input through HTML.

WordPress 3.1.2

April 26th, 2011

WordPress 3.1.2 is now available and is a security release for all previous WordPress versions. This release addresses a vulnerability that allowed Contributor-level users to improperly publish posts. The issue was discovered by a member of our security team, WordPress developer Andrew Nacin, with Benjamin Balter. We suggest you update to 3.1.2 promptly, especially if…

Understanding Differences in Hardware Acceleration through Paintball

April 26th, 2011

While most modern browsers now support hardware acceleration, the quality of implementations varies greatly between browsers. Hardware acceleration is more than just a checkmark. How a browser chooses to enable hardware acceleration has a direct impact on the performance and user experience of Web applications. To highlight the quality and performance differences in hardware acceleration,…

IE9 Release Now Available in Japan

April 26th, 2011

The final Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download in Japanese at With this release, IE9 is now available to download in 40 languages worldwide. Please visit our worldwide sites page to download Internet Explorer 9 in a language of your choice. —Swathi Ganapathi, Program Manager, Internet Explorer

Add-ons and IE Reliability

April 25th, 2011

Third-party software (such as add-ons) causes many of the crashes you experience in IE. From an analysis of the error reports submitted during IE9 Beta, third-party code accounts for around 70% of all the crashes in IE. While we work hard to improve IE9’s reliability in-house, it’s equally important to ensure that the add-on ecosystem…

Thoughts on when to use Canvas and SVG

April 22nd, 2011

HTML5 Canvas and SVG are two exciting graphics features introduced in IE9. Both were covered in sessions at last week’s MIX11 conference in Las Vegas (see Deep Dive Into HTML5 <canvas> and Modernizing Your Website: SVG Meets HTML5). These technologies can be used to address a range of graphic scenarios on the modern Web. With…

How You Help Us Improve IE’s Reliability

April 21st, 2011

Over the past year, the structured feedback you provided while using the IE9 Platform Previews, Beta, and Release Candidate has been invaluable to helping us build the most reliable version of IE ever. The error reports that you send us via Windows Error Reporting and other methods help us fix the most impactful issues experienced…