What does the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry do?

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

When users install Windows Internet Explorer 8, they have an option about who to choose in a list of sites that will be displayed in Compatibility View. Compatibility View helps make websites designed for older browsers look better in Internet Explorer 8. Note Acrobat Reader is released by Adobe Systems Inc. The sites are listed on the Compatibility View list in response to customer reviews of Internet Explorer 8. Specifically, the notes are based on many sites where other users have clicked on the Compatibility View button. This list is automatically updated and helps users who don’t understand the Web experience better with non-Internet Explorer 8-ready websites. For the Compatibility View menu, Visit the following Microsoft Windows websites:



The sites on the list are based on the objective criteria applied to telemetry data and product support channels. For example, in addition to the top sites all over the world, we have to select large quantities based on the market in the market. The best sites in one region of the world may be very low in the list of top sites around the world. But the important sites to include these clients in that region. We collect the following data from Internet Explorer 8 Beta users:

Website Top Level Domain

Whether users choose “Compatibility View” while they are visiting this site

For more information, see Internet Explorer 8 privacy policy. We will regularly review whether this list will ever be shown to users. We can access those sites on the list to ensure that site administrators know which products contain visitors to Internet Explorer 8 by default and that site administrators know steps in sites that you can take to improve the experience. We also know the site administrators, at the same time, we add the site to this list “Compatibility View”, and we provide instructions on how to choose the site. If the Microsoft domain notifies you that it is quitting, we remove the site from the list when the next scheduled list is updated. Users can make a selection around the menu during the first run of Internet Explorer and in the Compatibility View Settings dialog box. By default during the first-run experience, neither the Express option nor the custom option is selected and the user must select one of the following options.

 The Compatibility View Settings dialog box reflects the user’s choice, and the user can turn on or off updates to the list at any time. Windows Update package list updates are available, just like the security updates in Internet Explorer. The product includes an empty list. The package list is separate from security updates, but the updated package version has a list with the same schedule.

 Generally, the list is updated every two months. Our goal is to provide predictability by following an unknown regular update release schedule. Client installations receive the list during the Internet Explorer setup. By default, the checkbox is reselected, and this selection controls a schedule for downloading updates. This download schedule makes sure that Internet Explorer is a newer and better bit on the first run.

 In Internet Explorer 8, this feature downloads and installs both security updates and a Microsoft compatibility list update. After installation, Internet Explorer clients receive updates to the list, based on the client’s Windows Update settings. The update package is classified as “recommend” in Windows Vista and “low priority” in Windows XP. Users who clear the Install updates while the Internet Explorer setup checkbox only receive the Microsoft list through Windows Update.

In either case, updates are only available when the “Install updates” feature is enabled. Again, the Install updates checkbox is in the first run dialog box or the Compatibility View Settings dialog box. Enterprise clients running Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and other programs manage the download and installation of these packages. Enterprise customers also use Group Policy settings to provide users with an additional list of sites that are displayed in Compatibility View. Additionally, other clients control the download and installation of these packages by choosing to install Internet Explorer updates that are marked as “critical.” When the user browses a website, and this list is active, Internet Explorer checks the list to determine whether the site should be displayed in Compatibility View. If the site includes the site, Internet Explorer uses the compatibility view, as if the user had clicked the Compatibility View button. If the list does not contain the site, Internet Explorer uses whatever setting points to the site in its content. And just as with Web sites on the Compatibility View user-filling listing, the <META> tag / HTTP header has precedence over the Compatibility View. For example, consider the following scenario:

A site is natively included in the Compatibility View list.

The site does a great job and takes advantage of the capabilities of Internet Explorer 8.

Internet Explorer 8 wants to use the most compliant standard.

In this scenario, the site can specify that they want to use another metric-compliant mode and override the site’s Compatibility View menu. Also, the Compatibility View Settings dialog box displays the entries in the user-posted list. To see the contents of the active list, users can browse the following file from the address bar in Internet Explorer:

res: //iecompat.dll/iecompatdata.xml

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