Welcome to Google Gears and offline Google Apps.
From FT.com – Google moves to take on Microsoft
By Chris Nuttall in San Francisco Published: May 31 2007 00:11
Google will announce an initiative on Thursday that will take its applications beyond the web and challenge Microsoft on its home turf of the computer hard-drive.
The internet company is launching Google Gears, an open-source technology for creating offline web applications.
A key differentiator of Microsoft applications is that they can be used without an internet connection. They are launched from the computer’s hard drive and files created can be stored and accessed on that drive.
Google Gears will enable its own applications to have the same capabilities. Google Reader, a news reader, will be offline-enabled from today and other applications would be expected to follow.