Microsoft is offering details about the web standards supported in Internet Explorer via a set of documentation available free of charge through the Download Center.

Internet Explorer Standards Documentation is focused on final approved web standards supported by the company’s browser, and as such developers should not expect details related to technologies that have been embraced only in the upcoming Internet Explorer 9.

The documentation “does not restate variations, extensions and other details that are specific for each standard. This documentation details the variations and extensions from HTML 4.01, CSS 1.0, CSS 2.1, and other final approved web standards published by W3C (as “W3C Recommendations”), ECMA (as “Standards”), or ISO (as “International Standards”) as implemented by Internet Explorer,” the software giant explained. More »

The Cloud extension of the Office 2010 productivity suite is now available to in excess of a third of the world’s population according to Microsoft.

At the start of this week, Office Web Apps were expanded to 15 new markets in addition to the initial 11 where the Cloud variants of the main Office 2010 components had already been offered to customers.

Users with a valid Windows Live ID can start leveraging the new localized flavors of Office Web Apps which can be accessed either as a part of Windows Live SkyDrive or via Windows Live Hotmail.

Customers in China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey can now also put their online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents in the Cloud. More »

1. Delete items from address bar history

While it’s very handy to have your recently visited pages autocompleted as you type, it’s not always desirable. Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited. You can highlight and delete these at will, for maximum privacy.

2. Protect your PC from malware

You don’t have to visit the seedy side of the web to pick up a virus – even the best social networking sites regularly host all kinds of malware. But you can reduce the chance of infection by installing NoScript. This handy add-on blocks Javascript, Java, Flash and other executable content from running unless you explicitly allow it, and is a great way to keep yourself safe online.
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1. Auto-complete websites

Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the “www” or the “.com”. Press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the “www” and the “.com” and take you there. For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.

2. Turn your bookmarks into keywords

Right-click the bookmark and then select Properties. Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.

3. Speed up your downloads

Download Manager Tweak Extension adds extra functionality to the existing Download Manager to help you download faster.
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1. Enable pipelining

Browsers are normally very polite, sending a request to a server then waiting for a response before continuing. Pipelining is a more aggressive technique that lets them send multiple requests before any responses are received, often reducing page download times.

To enable it, type about:config in the address bar, double-click network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining so their values are set to true, then double-click network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set this to 8.

Keep in mind that some servers don’t support pipelining, though, and if you regularly visit a lot of these then the tweak can actually reduce performance. Set network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining to false again if you have any problems. More »