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Over the last few days, I’ve spent some time learning the types of enhancements a web developer can do to their website to have it “light up” in Internet Explorer 9. I don’t consider myself much of a web developer. I’m a novice at best. I know HTML. And a little bit of CSS. But I really wanted to understand what it takes to make a website look great in IE9 first-hand. You can see the results of my work today by pinning The Windows Blog to your taskbar in Windows 7. Just grab the favicon in the address bar and drag it to the taskbar!
For the Jump List options for The Windows Blog, we focused on our “primary” blogs. But at the bottom, you can click on “Blog Directory” which will take you to a page with a complete list of blogs that are part of our family and their RSS feeds. You can also subscribe to our main RSS feed and visit our Twitter page all directly from our Jump List. I’ll be adding a link to our Facebook Page later this week. And in the future, I’ll be looking at doing more to enhance the capabilities of our site with IE9.
If you don’t already have IE9 installed, download the Internet Explorer 9 Beta and give it a spin yourself.
If you’re a web developer, you can find all the resources you need to tweak your website for Internet Explorer 9 here.
Thanks for using this site to showcase this Pinned Site capability. I'm not sure if there would be any limitation, but it would be awesome if the taskbar icon had an overlay icon to indicate there are new blog posts...and be able to view webslice from the taskbar.
I hope the Windows Live team is updating Live Sync (now Live Mesh) to sync Pinned Sites between computers. I want my pinned taskbar icons to show up on all the devices I log into.
This is REALLY nice!
IE9 is way better than I ever imagined!
Thank you very much!
Looking great already. Working on our "Jump Lists" right now. Really impressed so far. Please IE9 pull me back.
@JohnCz - that is the kind of functionality I am looking at trying to implement (overlay icons for new posts etc.) in upcoming updates! :-)
Neat stuff, but I will need to upgrade my operating system for installing a browser. Cost is too high. :(
Chrome rocks for now...
For conveinance i'm putting all my IE9 comments here. :)
Great Job. I'd seen photos of what it might or might not look like, i'd seen what it could do with the platform previews...but i didn't think it would be as good as this. the taskbar pinning?? thats incredible! And it's so easy to incorporate for developers like me. The fact that i can just drag it down and bingo.... that's great. I also like the minimalistic and clean, yet high-graphicical UI. the big plus: while nothing is actually TAKEN AWAY from IE (besides web slices and favorites bar, which i didn't use anyways), the stuff is still there - yet hidden. Hidden in a way that makes it easy to find, but out of the way of browsing. And it's FAST!!! it's crazy fast!!! great job microsoft! also i really like the addon-removal feature. when i first booted it up it notified me that there were addons slowing it down. i TOLD you guys to do it. and you did. same thing as windows 7. it's prompting me to tell people, like a twist on the win7 commercials: "I'm a pc, and IE9 was my idea." :-)
I have seen a video from Microsoft in which they successfully pinned Hotmail to the taskbar with all features such as Jump List but when I tried to do it myself it didn't seem to work (yet). I'm also wondering if Google will embrace this feature and support it with their services.
This integration with Windows 7 looks very nice.
It's strange, though, that Windows 7 also broke some IE integration by no longer breaking out Favorites separately from other files in the Start menu search. The ability to search for Favorites easily from the Start menu in Vista was one thing that differentiated IE from other browsers, and was a main reason I continued using it.
In Windows 7, it groups Favorites in with all kinds of other files and many never make it into the instant search results because of competition with other filenames/content.
I like the new features but there is a problem with the IE9 Beta.
Problem with IE9 and windows Genuine If you have been directed to Validate and are using IE9 Beta. At Validation page hangs and you start to worry
about is this Windows 7 computer not running
a valid copy of WINDOWS!!
The Google.com search is filled in with or is pointed to by software packages to:
WGA appears to fail only at Genuine Advantage Site. WGA Works ok at MS download center, Catalog Windows
Update. MGADiag tool works all tests
are good if the machine has a legal copy of Windows 7.
Problem and Solution:
If You have IE9 installed on Windows 7 and Genuine is locked and will not validate go to tools and select
Almost like magic the validation check will work. I spent two days tracking this down. The way I got to a solution
Fiddler2 and IE9 developer (tools F12) and Wireshark
to look at failed request between IE9 and the Genuine Validation Site. The site generates failed redirect
messages because it does not understand IE9 settings.
The final result is to set COMPATIBILITY mode to fix I hope the site web master bring the page up to IE9 level.
Hope this is of help
Martin Rasch :)
HCamper at Windows Blogs or
Windows Live email@example.com
I got the Family Pack. Just installed Windows 7 64-Bit on this system, 32-Bit on the other system, and my roomate put 32-Bit on his system. This feature downright rocks. If you pin Live.com you get links to go to Home, Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, and Start a blank email right from the taskbar. I didn't think something that seemed so... Trivial would be so GOOD. Probably going to start using my Windows Live Account more than my Google account (I have an Android phone :< ) because of this feature + Outlook Connection + Live Essentials.
I found a bug, I think.
On my pinned Hotmail icon I used the jump list to go to my inbox. I composed a new email. In the body I have NO spell correction. If I open a window from the IE9 pinned icon and compose an email I do have spell correction....?
Facebook page link in the jumplist and new post notifications were never added. :(