Google Looks To Solve The Offline Problem Of Online Apps
from the this-one's-on-us dept
While the trend of delivering software as a service and moving traditional client applications to web-based versions continues to grow, one big stumbling block remains: the need for an uninterrupted connection to the internet. While it's slowly becoming a less significant issue as the availability of wireless and mobile broadband increases, business users in particular are hesitant to have to rely on a network connection to access their applications and data at all time. So, of course, enter Google. The company's already a leader in delivering web-based applications, and is trying to make a bigger push into the enterprise market with its Google Apps suite, and succeeding requires some way around the issue of offline access. To that end, the company has announced Google Gears, an open-source technology that allows for the offline use of web-based applications. Google is offering Gears freely and open-sourced, and is working to standardize it. While many companies would use proprietary technology and try to maintain control of it in this type of situation, hoping to maintain some sort of competitive advantage, Google recognizes that driving the entire industry forward with a standard solution will work to its benefit.