YallaKora – Experience the Euro 2012 Football Championship in HTML5!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.06.2012 at 18:07

I am excited to share the launch of a new HTML5 experience project with Yallakora.com, one of the biggest sports sites in MEA. A unique HTML5 experience has been developed for the Euro 2012 Football Championship that will take place from 8 to 30 June 2012.

Bookmark the page now : http://euro2012.ykarabia.com/

The project provides full details of the teams, top players, Stadiums , schedules, results & news in both Arabic & English languages. The website gives best experience with Internet Explorer 9.

Here are some screenshots from the website:





Standardizing the browser using Group Policy

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.03.2012 at 22:18

Internet Explorer 9 is undoubtedly the most secure browser for your Windows client environment. Internet Explorer protects you from five times more socially engineered malware than other browsers. Users are four times more likely to be socially engineered into downloading malware than they are to fall victim to a software exploit, according to Network World.

For corporate customers, standardizing on a single, secure, IE browser in your organization is a good idea because:

  • it saves you developer overhead in making your internal web applications supported on multiple browser platforms
  • it saves you administrative overhead as your helpdesk does not need to support your applications on multiple browsers.
  • it improves security as you can manage patches centrally, concentrating on a single browser.
  • it reduces complexity – browsers like Mozilla Firefox release a new version every month, thereby putting you in an endless loop of testing your applications for compatibility with every release (click here to see an illustration)

You can use Group Policy to enforce Internet Explorer as the default browser for your users. You will need an account that has permissions to modify and apply group policies.

  1. On your domain controller, or a machine that has the Administrative Tools installed, open the Start menu, go into the "Administrative Tools" folder and select "Group Policy Management."
  2. Right-click on your primary Group Policy Object from the list on the left side of the window and choose the "Edit" option. This will launch the Group Policy Object Editor tool.
  3. Open the "User Configuration" and "Windows Settings" containers.
  4. Right-click on the entry labeled "Internet Explorer Maintenance" and select "Preference Mode."
  5. Double-click on the "Programs (Preference Mode)" icon to view the additional Internet Explorer settings.
  6. Click on the radio button next to "Import the Current Program Settings" and then press "Modify Settings."
  7. Click on the "Make Default" button in the "Default web browser" section of the window.
  8. Press "OK" twice to save the Group Policy Object settings. Now Internet Explorer will automatically be the default browser for all computers on the local network.

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New Internet Explorer TV Commercial launched

by Shijaz Abdulla on 07.03.2012 at 00:19

‘Coffee and Pins’ Saturday

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.11.2011 at 22:41


Coffee and Pins: What’s common between the two?
Here’s a hint: Internet Explorer 9

Still don’t get it? Find the answer by visiting me at Starbucks Coffee, near Hamad Hospital on Saturday, 26th November at 10:00 AM.

pushpinI will show you how you can retain visitors on your website and increase the number of returning visitors by adding simple browser capabilities to your website. The session is free to attend for all web developers.

What’s more? Coffee and pastry is on me Smile

If you’re a web developer and you want to register, send me a private message or write a comment below.

Watching YouTube videos on Internet Explorer in Windows 8 Metro UI

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.09.2011 at 22:37

Windows 8 Developer Preview was made available last week and it came with Internet Explorer 10. Internet Explorer 10 can be started within the Metro UI and also in the desktop mode.

However, when started in the Metro UI, Adobe Flash plugin is unavailable and hence you cannot play YouTube videos. There is a workaround for this as Internet Explorer supports the next generation HTML5 capabilities.

YouTube now offers an HTML5 trial on their website. All you need to do is to activate the HTML5 trial using your YouTube account. To activate HTML5 trial, go to www.youtube.com/html5 .

Once you opt-in for HTML5 on YouTube, you can start watching YouTube videos on IE10 in Metro mode.

screenshot ie10

Install Internet Explorer 9 RTM today

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.03.2011 at 08:53

Unleash the Beauty of the Web

temp-ie9Internet Explorer 9 has been released today! Click here to download Internet Explorer 9. IE 9 has been discussed enough times on this blog and needs no further introduction!

Here are some reasons why you should install IE9.

1. IE9 is the fastest adopted beta in IE browser history.  With over 40M downloads and a usage share on Windows 7 well over 2% globally, IE9 adoption has more than surpassed expectations.

2. IE9 is enterprise ready.  IE9 has the highest LOB compatibility pass rate of any product in Microsoft’s internal IT “dogfood” history –  99% – coupled with one of the lowest IE helpdesk contact rates (number of helpdesk calls/number of installs) to date.  And for our customers, IE9 is ready to go with their Windows 7 deployments.

3. IE9 has the fastest JavaScript engine in the industry.  Script is one of many factors in performance. On a commonly used micro-benchmark, IE9’s improved JavaScript performance now holds the top spot in the industry, an improvement of almost 18 times from IE8.

4. IE9 is the only fully hardware-accelerated browser.  All graphics, video and text in IE9 are hardware-accelerated.  We re-architected IE9 to take full advantage of the Windows PC.  IE9 was the first to introduce this concept and other browsers have been scrambling to catch-up.  See the difference for yourself.

5. IE9 treats your favorite sites like apps.  The site is the center of attention in IE9’s new frame.  When you pin a site to the taskbar, your experience is even better.  Over 250 of the world’s top sites have already taken advantage of Jump Lists, notifications, and thumbnail previews to make their sites more app-like.  Web site publishers are seeing close to a 50% increase in engagement from their IE9 customers through pinned sites. 

6. IE9 protects against 99% of socially-engineered malware.  Malware is the #1 threat on the internet today.  With Microsoft SmartScreen and the new SmartScreen application reputation feature in IE9, no other browser comes close in protecting consumers from these real-world threats.  IE9 is 33 times better than Chrome and over 5 times better than Firefox. 

7. IE9 is the only browser with integrated online tracking protection for consumers.   Microsoft changed the browser and industry landscape with the introduction of IE9’s Tracking Protection, providing the only built-in browser solution protecting consumers today.

8. IE9 is leading with site-ready HTML5 support.  IE9 is all in when it comes to delivering developers new standards-based capabilities with HTML5.   Microsoft co-chairs the W3C HTML5 working group and during the IE9 release has contributed almost 6000 test cases to the W3C and international standards bodies.  Currently, IE9 has the best conformance with W3C HTML5.

9. IE9 has had the strongest press in IE history:   Here is a small sample of what reviewers are saying:


T minus two – Internet Explorer 9 releasing on March 14

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.03.2011 at 16:39

The final version of Internet Explorer 9 will be released two days from now, on March 14, 2011.

This exciting new release of Internet Explorer brings a host of new features including:

  • Performance enhancements including hardware acceleration
  • New intuitive user interface: more web, less clutter
  • Seamless integration with Windows 7 (jump lists, website pinning)
  • Download manager
  • “One box” for URLs, Searching, etc.
  • Security enhancements
  • and many more new features.

How to add Internet Explorer Web Slices to your site

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.12.2010 at 04:08

Web Slice is a web feed technology available in Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. IE allows users to preview the subscribed Web Slices in a fly-out preview window.

You basically add a web slice to your Favorites bar, and you are notified when there is an update to your web slice and you are able to view the content directly on the toolbar without having to leave the page you are on.

Web slices are a fantastic way to increase the return rate of the visitors to your web site. Due to its simplicity, it can also potentially reach out to a larger number of eyeballs than a conventional RSS feed.

Here are some examples of web slices:

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I’m no developer pro, but I’ve added a web slice of my own on this blog. This web slice basically shows the last 5 posts from my RSS feed. It’s pretty simple. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Write your web slice file

On my self-hosted wordpress blog, I created a file named webslice.php, which contains the following text:

<div class="hslice" id="1">
<h2 class="entry-title">MicrosoftNOW</h2>
<div class="entry-content"><ol>
<img src="
http://www.microsoftnow.com/MSNOW-white.png" height=50% width=50%>
<font face="tahoma" size=2>
<br><b>Latest posts on MicrosoftNOW</b>
  $results = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_title, guid FROM $wpdb->posts where post_status = ‘publish’ ORDER BY ID DESC LIMIT 5");
  foreach($results as $row) {
   echo "<li><a href=’".$row->guid . "’>"
     . $row->post_title ."</a></li> n";

This is the content that is displayed when someone opens my web slice. The important bits are in red and need to be present for the web slice to work. Notice the id=”1” in the hslice <div> tag.

Save this file on a location in your web server.

2. Place a button on your website to add a web slice automatically to the favorites bar.

For this, you will use the AddToFavoritesBar method. Here’s how the code will look like to add the button below:

<button onclick="window.external.AddToFavoritesBar(‘http://www.microsoftnow.com/webslice.php#1‘, ‘MicrosoftNOW.com’, ‘slice‘);"> Add to Internet Explorer </button> 

Note the text in red. The #1 is the ID that you set in your web slice code. The word ‘slice’ is an optional parameter that you need to pass to the AddToFavoritesBar method so that the browser understands that this is a web slice, and not just an ordinary favorite URL.

I’ve added the button on the sidebar of my blog. Make sure you add my web slice to get updates from my blog delivered on your browser! Smile

Further reading: IE8 Web Slices on MSDN

Don’t have Internet Explorer 8 or 9? Get it now!

How to add an Internet Explorer 9 Jump List to your website

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.12.2010 at 23:09

One of the most exciting new features in Internet Explorer 9 is the ability to “pin” your favorite websites to your Windows 7 taskbar. I just added a jumplist to my blog today!

Try it out – If you’re running IE9, drag and drop the browser tab showing this page on to your taskbar and see what happens.

Not only can your visitors pin your website, you can also add Tasks (or links) when your visitors right click on their pinned website.


Pinning is really cool because:

  • Your visitors can pin their favorite website to their taskbar
  • The pinned website icon is always displayed on the taskbar and the probability of the visitor returning back to your website is very high. This helps you retain your visitors.
  • Plus, they don’t have to remember the URL
  • You can add common areas of your website as a menu when they right click on the icon of your pinned website, giving them instant, one click access to all areas of your website.

Here are some interesting examples of IE9 jumplists in Action – Amazon, Facebook, Bing and ebay. There are plenty more websites out there already making use of this handy feature.

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So, just how easy is it to add a jumplist to your website? It’s as simple as adding a few <meta> tags.

As an example, to display the jumplist that I added to my blog, here’s the code:

<meta name="application-name" content="microsoftNOW blog"/>
<meta name="msapplication-tooltip" content="Launch MicrosoftNOW Blog"/>
<meta name="msapplication-starturl" content="
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=About;action-uri=/about;icon-uri=/find.ico" />
<meta name="msapplication-task" content="name=For Partners;action-uri=/category/partners;icon-uri=/man2.ico" />
<meta name="msapplication-navbutton-color" content="black"/>
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" />

For more information, check out the Pinned Sites Cookbook on MSDN.

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 Beta

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.09.2010 at 14:14

If you’ve installed Internet Explorer 9 beta to try out the new features and you want to uninstall it once you’re done, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel

2. Open Programs and Features.

3. Click View Installed Updates

4. Click Windows Internet Explorer 9 in the list and click the Uninstall button.


5. Restart your PC and you’re good to go!

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