I’ve been playing around with Google Gears and it’s amazing. Gears allows offline access for web-based applications. One of the biggest drawbacks to using an online app is that with no net connection, you can’t access the application or your data; you’re dead in the water. With a Gears enabled web app, you can cut the cord and still do everything you need to do. Changes are sync’ed back to the server when you do get back online. Some of my favorite apps are already working with Google Gears including Google Reader and Remember The Milk. Kudos to the Remember The Milk guys who thought it was cool and implimented it in a weekend. Everyone is really foaming at the mouth for offline Gmail now. Yeah, I’d be into that.
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