“Everywhere you look, it seems as if more and more core applications are moving from the desktop to the Web, but for all the advantages of Web applications, this emerging class of software carries a major liability when compared with its desktop-bound brethren: Without the Web, there’s no application,” Jim Rapoza reports for eWeek.
“Enter Google Gears, a new tool for adding offline capabilities to Web applications from Google, the 800-pound gorilla of the Web application space,” Rapoza reports.
“eWEEK Labs tested the initial beta of Google Gears that the search company released at its Developer’s Day in late May, and we see a lot of promise in the tool for helping to dissolve the offline access dilemma that threatens to retard the growth of Web-based applications,” Rapoza reports.
Rapoza reports, “Google Gears runs as a browser plug-in and is easy for users to install on the browsers and platforms that Gears currently supports—namely, Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. However, Google Gears is first and foremost a developer play, as the Web application developer—for the offline capabilities to work—has to enable this functionality using the Google Gears API.”
MacDailyNews Note: For those interested in Apple’s iPhone and Safari possibilities, a note on Google’s Gears site states, “Additionally, the team is working on supporting Safari on Mac OS X in a future release.”
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More info: http://gears.google.com/