IE gets closer to the finish line

Web technologies dominated the news this week with Microsoft releasing IE8 RC1, Google taking Gmail offline and Opera releasing the final version of Opera Mini 4.2 for Android.

In the Wide World of Web, Microsoft drew a step closer to the final version of Internet Explorer 8, by making the release candidate available to public. The new features cannot make up for the fact that RC1 fails the Acid3 test by a long shot; and speed tests show it lags behind Firefox, Chrome and WebKit.

Google launched an experiment with taking Gmail offline this week, allowing users to to read, write and search their emails while offline. While the new mode currently offers limited functionality, Google is hoping to enable Calendar access soon.

Also this week, Opera has released the final version of its Opera Mini 4.2 for Android. Amongst some of the new features are the ability to upload and download files and save pages.

In other news, security researchers have revealed flaws with both Chrome and Firefox that make them vulnerable to clickjacking. Google is working on a patch for Chrome to address the problem.

In feature articles this week, we show you four tactics for career success in 2009, how to improve security of your ASP.NET websites using NoBot control and Appcelerator -- an open source platform that offers widgets and controls, which allows web developers to concentrate on coding rather than design.

-- Posted by Lana Kovacevic