It’s all about Web 2.0 – weekly roundup

This week insideTonic reported several big announcements and releases, particularly related to the latest moves in the Web 2.0 world.

Google made perhaps the most significant announcement with the release of the Google Gears plugin which enables you to use Google applications offline. Facebook also announced it’s own Web 2.0 ambitions, aiming to become more than just a social network by also letting users access applications that work on and offline.

In the meantime, Microsoft didn’t do a very good job of keeping the new version of MSN Live Messenger under wraps. Version 8.5 was leaked onto the internet more than a day before Microsoft issued the official Beta release. Not to be left behind in the Web 2.0 revolution, the new Vista optimised version features ‘Live Folders’ which users can upload to Live Messenger from their PC. Cyril took this opportunity to bring you some great alternative messenger applications.

Mozilla also made the headlines with the latest developments on Firefox 3. The Alpha 5 release of the Mozilla browser will include Places, a new bookmark and history feature. Talking about bookmarks, Cyril posted a tip on how to export your Firefox livemarks to your Google Reader. Nick also wrote about QT Tabbar, an application that brings tabbed browsing to your Windows Explorer.

Finally, we brought you a list of 10 excellent applications to customize your desktop and Elena commented on the new release of iTunes, 7.2, which features a service to buy DRM-free tracks.

Have a good weekend!

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