BEA's Effort To Rethink The Mobile Browser

These days, many applications are being developed for an "always on" world - where it's assumed that the client (whether a client application or viewed through a browser) will always be able to reach out to the wide world of the internet. Some folks are beginning to realize that, while that might make sense on the desktop, it makes less sense in a mobile world, where connectivity isn't guaranteed. BEA is now trying to step in and create an open standard for handling a browser in a world where connectivity is only sometimes around. The idea is to make better use of caching technology to allow the browser to still be useful in an offline environment, while easily connecting and syncing when the device is back online. Of course, at this stage, it still sounds like it's more of a concept than any sort of real product.

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