Google Has Come Up with a New Way to Terrorize Microsoft
Google Takes the Web Offline
By: Search News Desk
Jun. 2, 2007 02:45 PM
Google, which has recently emblazed its shield with the new motto "Search, Ads and Apps," has come up with a new way to terrorize Microsoft - a technology for running programs like Google's word processor and spreadsheet offline like, like Office.
The widgetry is called Google Gears and doesn't work with the Google Docs and Spreadsheets suite yet - but it will, Google said, as well as with e-mail and calendaring.
Google's applying the mojo first to its RSS Reader, which goes out and collects updates to whatever web sites and blogs users keep tabs on. They can now be read offline on a plane, say, or on the African veldt if you download what you want first, making it useful for places in the Third World where Internet connections might be dicey.
Gears-blessed applications will go back to being online once a connection is re-established.
Adobe, Opera and Mozilla have already partnered up. Adobe said it would be in its Apollo environment.
Gears' beta source code is at http://gears.google.com/.
Google expects to have consumer code in a few months.
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