Msg#: 4641763 posted 5:24 am on Feb 5, 2014 (gmt 0)
If I understand this correctly it is for people who will be pinning your URL/site to their Start page in Windows 8.
You could certainly thwart this by making a blank browserconfig.xml file, but if there are that many people trying to pin your site then you might want to look into the specification and generate a proper file. Microsoft has a tool to help you: [buildmypinnedsite.com...]
Msg#: 4641763 posted 12:18 am on Apr 21, 2014 (gmt 0)
Oh, hurrah, I was just looking for this. 71.142.220.abc - - [nn/Jan/2014:18:19:59 -0800] "GET /browserconfig.xml HTTP/1.1" 404 1458 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko"
68.3.170.abc - - [nn/Apr/2014:16:27:40 -0700] "GET /browserconfig.xml HTTP/1.1" 404 1458 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko"
Uhm... Where's the browser? rv:11.0 of what-- MSIE? Timestamps suggest it's a voluntary action on the part of the viewer. At least it's not as bad as those Safari-style Favorites pages that download everything every time.
:: insert "they only do it to annoy, because they know it teases" boilerplate ::
Msg#: 4641763 posted 12:54 pm on May 5, 2014 (gmt 0)
From: [msdn.microsoft.com...] Browser configuration files (also known as browserconfig) can be used to define pinned site customizations, such as tile backgrounds, badge updates, and tile notifications. Browser configuration files let you set these customizations using external XML files rather than metadata within the HTML markup of a webpage.
If I understand this, people can still pin your site to their start page even if you don't have this file. In other words, the file just adds customizations to the way it looks. Or am I wrong?
I've always resisted creating favicons, icons etc, because they're not necessary, and they add extra bandwidth usage to the web. I did finally upload some 1 pixel favicons to most of my sites because they use less bandwidth than a 404 error page. But I don't see any reason to spend my time creating this new browserconfig file