Google has recently launched Google Gears for developers, an open
source technology for creating offline Web applications. Google Gears
will help to make data and applications available to users without an
The new software, which will run both online and offline, will need to
be installed as a plug-in into the user’s web browser. The software
will open an offline door to applications that were previously only
accessible via an Internet connection – such as Google Reader. Google
hopes that in the long term, Google Gears will help the industry as a
whole move towards a single standard for offline capabilities that all
developers could use.
There are also plans to add other programs such as e-mail, calendar and
a copy of Google documents to the list of Gears-enabled offerings.
Google has also recently partnered with Adobe Systems to use Google
Gears in their products.
"The expansion of Google into offline applications has been on
the cards for a while as they continue to acquire companies that have
developed useful tools. There is no harm in a bit of competition as
ultimately the consumer gains – more toys for us!."