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01 Nov 2010  

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Internet Explorer 9 and Pinned Sites


Hello. I’m Scott Seiber.

I’d like to introduce myself. I’m a member of the Windows Planning and PC Ecosystem team. I am focused on making sure Windows developers have the information and guidance they need to build great applications and experiences on Windows.

Today I want to talk about Internet Explorer 9 and pinned sites, a feature with which you can integrate your websites with the Windows 7 desktop.
Not so long ago the word “application” usually referred to software that you run on a desktop computer. Today the word application or “apps” has been transformed to not only refer to applications that you run on your PC, but also to web sites that run in your browser to help you get tasks done, or to apps you run on your phone to help you find answers to questions or to play a game.

If you haven’t tried using the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta, please take the time to download it at

Unlike any other browser today it really provides the potential to unlock rich experiences on the web. On the site you can find great examples of how web sites are using the new features in IE9 to make web applications really light up on Windows.

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 makes the user’s apps experience the best it can be whether the application was written in C/C++, .Net, Silverlight, or HTML/JavaScript. With Internet Explorer 9 you can now customize your web apps to seamlessly integrate with the Windows desktop. With Internet Explorer 9 and pinned sites enabled for a website, users can pin that site to the Windows 7 taskbar or add the site to the desktop or Start menu. Pinned sites enable easy access to favorite websites and add shortcut functionality similar to that found in Microsoft Windows applications. In addition, pinned sites require little development cost and offer robust features. Some meta elements and JavaScript is all that you need to gain functionality; you need not modify any existing content or attributes for a current website.

Pinning a site is easy; click the icon to the left of the web address, the tab for the website, or the website's icon on the New Tab page and drag it to the taskbar. Now the website has its own taskbar icon and it only takes one click to get to the site. By using meta elements you can customize the way the pinned site renders after it is launched and how the application behaves on the taskbar. There are numerous examples on the BeautyOfTheWeb site like the one below with USA today. Notice how this pinned site provides Task links that will jump the user directly to specific parts of their website.
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Internet Explorer 9 and Pinned Sites

See also:
Internet Explorer 9 - Pin and Unpin Websites to Taskbar or Start Menu
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