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Google Rival Taking Advantage Of Google's Offline Access Technology

from the helping-out-a-friend dept

Back in May, Google announced the release of Google Gears, a set of tools for enabling offline access to web-based apps. Although the trend in software is towards web-based delivery, which Google has embraced wholeheartedly, the inability to access or edit documents when not connected to the internet, remains a concern. Now, one of the first offerings to embrace Gears comes from Zoho, which makes an online office suite that rivals Google's own. As we noted when Gears was first announced, Google was clearly interested in advancing the whole area of web-based software, not just in pushing its own apps. Just as Microsoft seems hesitant to give even the slightest endorsement of this model, Google recognizes that it will benefit, regardless of which offerings users choose in the short term.
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Filed Under: offline access, saas
Companies: google, zoho

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  1. identicon
    Overcast, 22 Aug 2007 @ 11:38am

    I just love Web based software *rolls eyes*

    Sorry, had to be sarcastic, most of the web based 'software' is slow and buggy. It's ok for something small, like an email client, but past that - I don't know..

    A web form is one thing, an 'application' is another.

    Like - Veritas used to have some nice backup monitoring software, but switched it over to a web based app. I don't know anyone who likes the web based setup better. I hate the stupid constant refreshing too - don't have that issue in local apps.

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